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Women Don’t Fear leadership, we have just been holding them back


I Wish Co-Founder Gillian Keating discusses how we can address the information and confidence gaps facing women in STEM

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I Wish Campus Weeks

I Wish Campus Weeks

STEM I Wish Campus Weeks were extended from two to four Higher Education Institutes in Ireland for TY students to encourage them to pursue a career in the STEM industry. 

For five days approximately 200 transition year girls have the opportunity to attend some of the leading Higher Education Institutes and experience first-hand the broad applications for STEM .They will hear from some of the leading STEM teachers and university students to understand what it is like to study STEM at third level.

Along with the I Wish showcase events in both Dublin and Cork, the Campus Week model represents a core element of I Wish

The I Wish campus weeks provide yet another opportunity through interactive and immersive experiences to encourage engage and empower girls to pursue STEM.

The campus weeks are currently being held in :

  • Cork Institute of Technology
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • University of Limerick,
  • University College Dublin

Click on the menu for more information on each individual Campus Week

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Student “change makers” call on Government to support promotion of STEM


 

Student “change makers” call on Government to support the promotion of careers in STEM among young girls

The launch of the 2019 I WISH survey results saw the female change makers of tomorrow attend Leinster House to engage with the Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD and other elected representatives. These young girls were able to educate our elected representatives on how they could more effectively promote careers in Stem to the next generation of female leaders and innovators. The students also had the opportunity to ask both the Minister and his colleagues to help play their part in breaking down the barriers for young women contemplating a career in STEM by highlighting to them the significant Information Gap and Confidence Gap that we need to bridge.

The I WISH survey is the largest annual survey of Irish secondary school girls’ attitudes towards STEM and what influences them in their subject and career choices at this key transition point. The 2019 survey revealed that while 89% of female secondary school students feel STEM is a growing area of opportunity, students feel that a significant information and confidence gap remain, limiting the number of girls choosing a career in STEM. The results were gathered from the I Wish events in 2019 at which almost 6,000 students and their teachers attended. The I Wish events showcase role models and businesses operating in STEM and are free events, specifically focussed on inspiring young female students to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).

As well as meeting these STEM “change makers”, Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD officially launched the I WISH survey results in Leinster House , which was attended by a number of female secondary school students who signed up for I Wish 2020. The launch was also watched by female students from across the country through a live stream which gave them the opportunity to ask the Minister and panellists questions related to their future through twitter.

Minister McHugh stated “It was an honour to meet these young women and hear first hand from them the barriers that are real to them, when it comes to STEM. The survey results make very interesting reading and we all must play our part in supporting these young people – parents, teachers, industry and of course my Department and government as a whole has an important role to play as well.”

Key findings of the survey include:

  • 89% of female students see STEM as a growing area for opportunity
  • 64% of female students don’t know enough about STEM
  • 75% of female students feel role models are very important in STEM
  • 49% of girls said they want a job where they can help other people
  • 48% of teachers said they do not know where to go for information on industry or school initiatives
  • 64% of female students revealed that their mum gives them the most confidence to try new things. Since 2015, I WISH has held showcase events in Dublin and Cork, opening doors to a career in STEM to almost 17,000 young girls across Ireland as well as teachers, career guidance counsellors and families who play such an influential role in the future career choices of young girls.
  • Commenting on the survey results, Gillian Keating, partner with Ronan Daly Jermyn and one of the founding members of I WISH said, “Ireland’s young female students recognise that there is growing opportunity in the area of STEM, but we need to show them more clearly the pathway for them in Stem. If we want to fully enable technology it is essential that we encourage the next generation of females to engage with it, to do this we need to provide them with the information they need to recognise the opportunities to shape a better world through STEM. When we speak with female students, the recurring theme is that they want to choose careers where they can make a difference. By providing information to these young girls in a way that resonates with them and celebrating amazing role models in STEM, we can also start to bridge the confidence gap that is holding these young women back.
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Inspiring Trip To US Enjoyed By STEM Students


Great piece from Emma and Amy who share their STEM experience as part of the externship offered by our partners Park Place Technologies!

Published in the Evening Echo – Thursday, 3rd October

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I Wish Receive Cairdeas Award From American Chamber


We are delighted to receive the Cairdeas Award from the American Chamber of Commerce last night, recognising I Wish for community impact.

 

Congratulations to all the team!

– Photo John Sheehan
American Chamber President Mark Gantly presenting
I-Wish founders Caroline O’Driscoll (Deloitte), Gillian Keating (RDJ Solicitors) and Ruth Buckley (Cork City Council), at the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland Cairdeas Award for their work encouraging and motivating young female students to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
The word ‘Cairdeas’ means friendship in Irish. This award will be presented to an individual or organisation from the not-for-profit-sector in the region which has strongly demonstrated community impact.
The American Chamber of Commerce Ireland hosted a dinner at the Maryborough hotel where over 350 of its Munster members heard from Vice Admiral Mark Mellett, Chief of Staff for the Irish Defence Forces.

 

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Most Secondary School Girls Face ‘Confidence Gap’ Over Science, Technology And Maths


Survey shows many feels there are easier ways to get CAO points than studying Stem:
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/education/most-secondary-school-girls-face-confidence-gap-over-science-technology-and-maths-1.4015256

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Teachers Acknowledged As Vital Stem “Gatekeepers” At Launch Of I Wish And DCU Initiatives


I Wish has released its annual survey of more than 2,200 Transition Year students, which shows secondary school girls and their teachers still don’t know enough about STEM subjects and the careers that can follow.

Key findings include:

  • 59%  of girls say they don’t know enough about STEM
  • 93% of teachers say self-belief in girls’ own ability is a major challenge to STEM promotion in schools
  • 90% of teachers want to see workshops for girls to enhance resilience and confidence
  • The more STEM-related events a girl attends, the more likely she is to choose STEM subjects to Leaving Cert level and beyond.

 Eleven thousand Transition Year girls have already experienced the I Wish showcase. This year, another six thousand will be introduced to the vast number of opportunities STEM has to offer.

View the findings of our 2018 Survey report here.

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UL Campus Week

We are delighted to announce that UL will be running an interactive 5-day hands-on programme that will allow you to immerse yourself in all that is great in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) via applied and practical interactive workshops, site visits and demonstrations. The programme will run from January 14th-19th 2019. Registration will open at a later date and early registration is advised.

For further details, contact Sinéad Burke, macsi@ul.ie, or call 061-213013.

 
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DCU Report

DCU Report

The new DCU report on STEM and the various opportunities that it brings has been released. The report outlines how science, technology, and engineering are transforming careers and lives. To download the report, click on the link below.

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