Who? Ursuline College is a school where students are educated in partnership with parents in a Catholic and caring community; where each individual is respected as unique; where every aspect of the person is developed and where students are prepared to take their place in society as responsible citizens.
What? Secondary school visit. Joint initiative between
North West Region of Engineers Ireland and IT Sligo for 86 Transition Year students.
Where? Ursuline College, Sligo.
When? Wednesday 11th February 2015.
Why? The purpose of the event was to encourage more female students to take up engineering and initially to get them to consider STEM subjects for Leaving Certificate.
This event was run jointly by the North West Region of Engineers Ireland and IT Sligo.
It commenced with 4 female engineers giving short presentations on their careers to date. Each presenter covered a different engineering discipline. This was followed by round table discussions that allowed students ask volunteer engineers questions on all things engineering – Why they chose engineering as a career? Did they require hons maths?How have their careers evolved/changed since becoming a graduate engineer?
The closing remarks took into consideration what had evolved at the round table discussions and IT Sligo and the North West Region of Engineers Ireland offered engineering support to all of the students involved.
This was a very successful event and was fully endorsed by the management of the Ursuline College. In fact, the deputy principal reiterated the fact that students were so engaged in the event. I would encourage other regions to run similar events.