What is I Wish?
I Wish is a multi-award-winning initiative to inspire, encourage and motivate secondary school female students to consider Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths as a career choice. I Wish is a unique coalition of local government, higher education and industry to improve female participation in STEM through direct, high impact, fun and inspirational engagement.
The 2021 I Wish Digital Showcase will enable the next generation of young women explore their full potential and take their place in our digital future.
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The atmosphere is charged and electric as the girls register, the more the girls know about the event in advance the more excited they are. The girls and their teachers can log in 15 minutes prior to the session and we encourage the girls to download our APP during this time so they have a sneak preview of the speakers and activities planned during the session. Let the fun begin!
If you can’t see it you can’t be it…..At I Wish the girls see it in spades ! Year on year the girls tell us how much they love hearing from the Change Makers of today the women who are driving changes in our world from their vantage points across Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. These women, CEO’s, young graduates and all positions in between tell their personal stories of Choices, Chances and Changes through STEM.
Our volunteers are key to the success of I Wish
Check out here who our industry partners are below.
I Wish App
The I Wish APP presents the students with a number of challenges to complete during the event, as well as tracking valuable feedback from the girls. From our I Wish survey conducted each year now one of the largest surveys of female’s attitudes to STEM gives us enormous insights from the girls about their STEM perceptions and education choices.
We have been involved with I Wish since its inception in 2015 where the I Wish showcase event started out here at Cork City Hall with just 1,000 girls. We are delighted to see this important initiative for young female students grow in scale nationally and we are very proud to be a part of a plan that will position Ireland with the strongest talent pool and harness the power of the next generation of young women
Ann Doherty, Chief Executive, Cork City Council
I personally and Arup have had the pleasure of being involved in I Wish for the past 5 years. It has become a very important and enjoyable part of the Arup calendar. The impact the conference has on the thousands of transition years girls who attend each year is immense. Their enthusiasm, curiosity, optimism and hunger for all things STEM is infectious and overwhelming in the best way. On a personal level it gives me an annual boost and an injection of renewed pride and energy for my chosen career. Increasing female participation in STEM careers is a critical business need and I Wish is such a special opportunity to feel like you are part of a movement that is making a difference.
Oonagh Reid, Associate Director Arup
I loved every bit of the I Wish event . As always a fantastic event. I particularly enjoyed the exhibitors as I made more of an effort to engage with them myself – before now I would have been going around encouraging the students to engage