STEM work experience programme with a difference
04 May 2016
Pictured in Tyco HQ with Donal Sullivan, general manager Tyco Ireland are students Orna Sexton from Coachford College and Matthew Cronin from CSN
The CEIA – Cork’s Technology Network – in collaboration with the Tyndall National Institute has developed a work experience programme designed to give students an insight into a high tech career.
‘HighTechElec’ is a unique structured one-week TY work experience programme for students considering a career in engineering or science.
The programme includes a week of physics, electronics and technology based workshops, lectures, career talks and industry placement, culminating in an innovation competition called TechnoDen. Industry partners include Tyco, EMC, Boston Scientific, Horner APG, Moog, Cork Internet eXchange, S3 Group, Sanmina SCI, Flextronics, Firecomms, and Pilz.
“The HighTechElec programme provides students with invaluable experience across industry and academia. Through meeting and working with scientists and engineers, students get first-hand experience of the career choices available to them,” said Dr Eamon Connolly, electrical and electronic engineering promotion officer, CEIA.
“The difference between the HighTechElec programme and any other TY work experience programme is that this is very structured – every hour is accounted for and planned optimising the experience for those participating.
Apart from visiting Tyndall, UCC and CIT, a highlight of the week is the TechnoDen competition, where groups of 2-4 students make a short presentation to a panel of judges, about a new idea for a product or service, based on the technology they encountered during their week. The competition element really encourages them to ask questions and think outside the box,” he added.
“We had 14 teams in total compete in the two TechnoDen competitions this year, and the competition was very tight. I am delighted to announce that the winning teams came from Colaiste an Spioraid Naoimh, Mount Mercy College, Christian Brothers College, Colaiste an Craoi Naomha, Carrignabhfear, Patrician Academy, Mallow,” said Valerie Cowman, skills and education chair of the CEIA.
The HighTechElec programme runs for two weeks and is open to all TY students in the region. Application forms are available on the CEIA website www.ceia.ie.http://www.engineersjournal.ie/2016/05/04/stem-work-experience-programme-with-a-difference/http://www.engineersjournal.ie/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/CEIA-018-1024x685.jpghttp://www.engineersjournal.ie/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/CEIA-018-300x300.jpgNewsCEIA,CIT,education,STEM,Tyndall National Institute,UCC