Students! Making CAO decisions or subject choices for Leaving Cert? Find out all you ever wanted to know about working in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) in our STEM Careers Week which kicks off next Monday 29th April, with a whole series of cool online activities.
We’ll be releasing our four-part STEM careers video series, which you can get a sneaky preview of here:
Students have been submitting career questions to our awesome STEM panels through the website and we’ll be filming their answers, giving students some real insights and practical advice for a career in STEM.
We’ll publish these panel session videos online all next week. Students, parents, teachers and guidance counsellors are all invited to take this opportunity to get involved.
Check out our schedule for the STEM Week below:
- Monday 29th April: ‘An introduction to working in science’ panel video, 7pm
- Tuesday 30th April: Launch of the Smart Futures STEM Careers video series (see preview above)
- Wednesday 1st May: ‘An introduction to working in technology’ panel video, 7pm
- Thursday 2nd May: ‘An introduction to working in engineering’ panel video, 7pm
- Friday 3rd May: Launch of the STEM Factor Summer Tech Competition
We’ll also be announcing the winner of the Dre Beats Studio Headphones competition, to the student that has submitted the best career question to our panels, so stay tuned!
Alison, a Transition Year student, has just completed a recent work experience placement with FINEOS, a software solutions company in Ireland. Here is an account of her experience!
“I’ve just completed one week work experience in FINEOS in the Analysis Team of the Product Development Services department as part of my transition year programme with Ursuline Secondary School. I’m very interested in IT, particularly having initiated and launched a Science Learning Application for mobile devices (EZA Science) and reaching the National Finals for the Mini-company Entrepreneur competition.”
“There have been many amazing developments in IT in recent years, and I believe that there will be many more fantastic developments in years to come. I wanted to learn more about FINEOS to gain an insight into the real-world software industry and the day to day life of an employee. Throughout my work experience in FINEOS, I gained an appreciation of the software development lifecycle, understanding of the various roles and career opportunities, insight into project management and capacity planning, and softer skills that I believe will benefit me for any future career.”
“I attended various meetings, whose attendees included experienced, professional and energetic individuals and teams, from whom I learned a lot. I was given opportunities to participate, despite the relatively short timeframe here. What impressed me about FINEOS was the assistance they provide to graduates. They provide high quality training and provide excellent opportunities to develop your skills, engage with your interests, and pursuit a career in IT. In a nutshell, I found FINEOS to be a very dynamic, collaborative, and energetic company providing a fun factor element that I wasn’t expecting, exceeding my expectations on all levels. Because of these factors I thoroughly enjoyed my work experience at FINEOS, where I further developed my skills and provided me with a deep understanding into the working world.”
The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD, has launched a major European motion capture technology project to study the bio-mechanics and styles of play and skills unique to Gaelic and Basque Games, by developing 3D interactive software.
The Re-Play project is a €2m research project funded by the EU Framework Programme 7 (FP7), involving top-class scientists from Ireland, Spain, UK, Switzerland and Greece, designed to help preserve, promote and increase participation in culturally significant traditional games for future generations.
Prof Noel O’ Connor, a principal investigator for CLARITY, the Centre for Sensor Web Technologies said “The continued development of sensor Web technology allows us to undertake projects of this scale and diversity in a cost-effective way. Our goal at the end of this project is to create novel 3D software that can be used in every club and community centre across Ireland to allow the user practice new and basic skills and to emulate their national or local heroes in the chosen sport.”
CLARITY is a partnership between UCD, DCU and Tyndall National Institute and funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI).
Dr Kieran Moran of DCU’s School of Health and Human Performance will work closely with the GAA and the Basque Sports Federation to determine the key biomechanical aspects to be captured, whilst Prof O’Connor and Dr Mariate Linaza of Spanish research centre Vicomtech-IK4 will coordinate the development of the required technology.
The non-profit foundation Code.Org has released a video starring Microsoft’s Bill Gates, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, will.i.am, NBA All-Star Chris Bosh and Twitter creator, Jack Dorsey, among many others to talk about why more schools need to make computer programming classes available to students.
Their mission? Spreading the word that there is a worldwide shortage of computer programmers.
Code.Org’s vision is that every student in every school in the US has the opportunity to learn how to code, and that computer science and computer programming should be part of the core curriculum in education, alongside other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses, such as biology, physics, chemistry and algebra – something many Irish Coder Dojo volunteers and participants would like to also see happen here.
Currently in the US, 9 out of 10 schools don’t offer computer programming classes and less than 2.4% of college are graduating with computer science degrees, even though it is predicated that by 2020 there will be 1.4 million jobs in computing.
- 97,000 people are employed in ICT firms in Ireland ‐ 27,000 in ICT hardware segments and 70,000 in software and ICT services
- The indigenous software industry comprises more than 500 companies and employs over 10,000 people
- Internet communications (including cloud computing) is set to be one of the fastest growing sub‐markets (potential growth rate as high as 20% per annum over the next decade
- Information security has emerged as a key growth opportunity within the ICT sector
- Cloud Computing has the potential to create more than 8,000 jobs within the ICT sector by 2014 (Microsoft Ireland study)
- Employment in the Digital Games sector could double from 2,500 to 5,000 by end of 2014 (Forfás report)
Smart Futures, the national campaign promoting careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) to second-level students in Ireland, is delighted to announce that we are sponsoring the Best Web App category at the Eircom Junior Spider Awards on Tuesday 5th March.
The Award is in the Tera Spiders category for secondary students in the 4th to 6th Year age group, and requires the creation and submission of a web application that is fully developed and available to use.
The event has been moved from the Helix to the RDS in Dublin, doubling attendance to 600, drawn from approximately 80 schools. Smart Futures will have a stand at the RDS on the day to hand out materials and chat to students and teachers about exploring STEM careers.
Read more about the Awards here.
Smart Futures wishes all participating students the very best of luck!
CoderDojo NYC has been talking to Coder Dojo mentors from across the globe, about the idea of starting an initiative to get more women and girls involved in CoderDojo.
A Google Hangout has been arranged for 4pm GMT on Sunday, March 3rd, 2013. Interested parties can join the Google Group Mailing List. A link to the Google Hangout will be posted there as well as a link to the recording.
Topics that will be discussed will include how to attract more female mentors; identifying what teen girls like about CoderDojo and how can it be improved; and going beyond traditional tech gender stereotypes.
CoderDojo NYC has achieved a 50:50 gender ratio with both mentors and attendees and will share insights in to the success they’ve had with their first Girls Hack Day.