• Irish Education Minister launches mobile aviation-themed STEM classroom in Dublin

    • This is the first time the Newton concept has come to Ireland
    • Hosted at Dublin City University, the mobile classroom features digital and interactive equipment to provide a unique experience for discovering science
    • Irish Education Minister, Norma Foley TD, officially opened the space

    DUBLIN,  May 4, 2022 - Boeing [NYSE: BA] Ireland’s Minister for Education, Norma Foley TD, has joined students in Dublin to launch a mobile, aviation-themed classroom aimed at inspiring the next generation of STEM experts.

    The Boeing-backed Mobile Newton Room features three professional flight simulator panels, and will help second-level students across Ireland learn STEM lessons through aviation-themed activities.

    Hosted at Dublin City University, the programme is developed and run by FIRST Scandinavia and supported by Boeing. The Mobile Newton Room will help deliver educational modules like “Up in the air with numbers,” which focuses on mathematical concepts in an aviation setting. Other modules focus on coding and renewable energy, and all aim to allow the students to experience STEM subjects hands-on.

    Sir Martin Donnelly, president of Boeing Europe and managing director of Boeing in the UK and Ireland, said: “With our footprint in the region growing, Boeing is also committed to inspiring and developing the future generation of aviation and STEM experts across Europe. We can do this through our strong academic partnerships and it is wonderful to see Dublin City University and FIRST Scandinavia helping to bring this key learning tool to young people across Ireland.”

    President of DCU, Professor Daire Keogh, said: “International experience has shown the Boeing-backed Newton Room to be an extraordinarily engaging STEM learning experience for students, and DCU is excited to bring it to Ireland. The Newton Concept aligns closely with DCU’s innovative approach to STEM education, and complements our existing initiatives aimed at widening participation in these important subjects. We look forward to welcoming secondary school students and their teachers on campus to explore all that the Newton Room has to offer.”

    The academy is the latest in a network of STEM-focused Newton Rooms around Europe. In 2018, Boeing invested more than €4.5 million to set up the network with its partner, FIRST Scandinavia to set up an aviation-themed Newton network across Europe, benefiting thousands of students in places like France, Germany, Italy and Belgium. The first Newton Flight Academy outside of Norway opened this spring in Glasgow as part of Boeing’s investment.