Shackleton takes the biscuit in Athy

Mr Frank Whelan, Ms Frances Soney Ituen, Arianna Mariotta, Sarah Jane Niblett, Chloe Byrne, Eoin O'Neill, Ms Margaret Walsh, Athy Heritage Centre
The finals of the Shackleton Challenge, a leadership design-to-product bus-iness initiative for secondary school students, took place in Athy College last week.

The finals of the Shackleton Challenge, a leadership design-to-product bus-iness initiative for secondary school students, took place in Athy College last week.

The Shackleton Challenge originated from an ‘outreach’ initiative by the Shackleton Autumn School to make people in the Athy locality more aware of Ernest Shackleton the explorer. The programme is devised to focus on Shackleton’s unique leadership abilities, and to put him up there as a role model for teenagers.

“Shackleton and his exploits tick all the boxes - the major one being that it is impossible not to be grabbed by his leadership, endurance and endeavour and of course his optimism,” explained co-orindator Kevin Kenny.

The SC programme hinges around students working as a team to deliver a project to a timeline. Projects are designed to link with school subjects and it interlinks business and civic organisations in the local community.

Among the projects this year was to design a snack biscuit for a polar explorer, a drinking vessel for the arctic and a arctic entrance to a house.

It is hoped more resources will be allocated to the project to roll it out county-wide.