Girls urged to ‘think STEM’ as they make CAO choice
31 January 2019
To date, I Wish has reached out to nearly 12,000 students and has a further ambitious goal to increase its student reach in 2019.
As thousands of students finalise their CAO forms ahead of the start of the 2019 college term, the organisers of I Wish are asking both female students and their parents to to grow their future with Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).
2018 figures showed a mere 20 per cent of students beginning university physics courses were female, while 20 per cent entering first-year ICT courses were female, and in the institutes of technology, just 10 per cent of entrants to software and app development courses were women.
Co-founder of I Wish Caroline O’Driscoll said: “Many of those filling out CAO forms will have attended I Wish during their transition year and we really hope they were inspired to add STEM courses to their list of choices.
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“Fifteen of the 20 fastest-growing careers in the world require a background in maths or science, showing the strong link between choosing STEM courses and the careers of tomorrow.”
Nearly 6,000 transition year girls will attend this year’s I Wish events in Cork and Dublin, which kick off on Thursday, February 7.
I Wish co-founder Gillian Keating said: “So often we hear from I Wish attendees that they want a career where they can help other people but don’t see how STEM facilitates that, or they are simply afraid to take it on, thinking they’re not good enough.
“Our message is that a career in STEM allows you to improve the world around us, all it takes is for you to have an interest in the course and the determination to follow that through. Why should anyone be better than you?”
I Wish is also dedicated to helping secondary school teachers to help students ‘think STEM’. The unique Teach IT zone offers practical advice, support and inspiration at the events in Cork City Hall, from February 7-8, and Dublin’s RDS, from February 11-12. This year will see unconscious bias training and confidence and resilience workshops being hosted at the event.
A limited number of spaces are still available for the Dublin leg of this year’s I Wish. Interested students and schools can visit www.iwish.ie for more information.
About I Wish
I WISH is an initiative to inspire, encourage and motivate young female students to pursue careers in STEM. STEM can change our world. We have so many world problems to solve – food shortage, climate change, pollution, ageing population. These will be solved through STEM if you help us harness the power of thousands of girls to shape a better world.
I WISH (Inspiring Women in Stem) features a conference and interactive exhibitions. The conference also feature workshops, daily keynotes and engaging talks by women and men who have seen the opportunities for a great career in STEM.
I Wish has grown over the past four years. When it started out I Wish took 1,000 female students to Cork City Hall, now I Wish has grown nationally and for the past two years have brought the showcase to the RDS Dublin.
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