Thousands of Transition Year girls are gathering at Dublin’s RDS today and tomorrow as the second leg of I Wish 2019 gets underway.
The event aims to inspire young girls to take STEM subjects to Leaving Cert, third level and beyond, through keynote and panel speeches as well as interactive industry stands. The girls are meeting speakers and exhibitors from the likes of Dell EMC/VMWare, Accenture, RTE, Aer Lingus, Google, Twitter and many more.
Co-founder of I Wish Ruth Buckley says: ‘The atmosphere here at the RDS has been electric since first thing this morning – it’s so exciting to build on the great success we had in Cork City Hall last week, with more of the engineers, developers and scientists of the future in our midst’.
Ruth’s fellow co-founder Gillian Keating says: ‘With less than 25% of the STEM workforce being female, it’s important to continue to promote STEM to girls to secure a pipeline of talent in Ireland. Through our own survey, we can see that if a girl attends 3 or more extracurricular STEM events she is 30% more likely to choose 2 or more STEM subjects to Leaving Cert. It’s also especially appropriate that our RDS adventure gets underway on the International Day of Women and Girls in Science’.
On Tuesday, the winners of a competition sponsored by Dell EMC/VMWare will be announced. The event’s anchor sponsors have generously donated two Dell 11 inch tablets, one of which will go to a school that attended in Cork, and the other to a school that attended in Dublin. VMWare is also sponsoring mentoring sessions for the winning schools.
Some of the high-profile speakers addressing students at the RDS this afternoon include:
– Dee Forbes, RTE Director General
– Joanna Donnelly, Met Eireann
– Fionnuala Meehan, Google