Kildare students make their own web and tech creations as part of Engineers Week 2019

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Paula Campbell

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Kildare students make their own web and tech creations as part of Engineers Week 2019

Maynooth Post Primary pupils

Five Kildare schools took park in the STEM Goals Day which was held on Thursday, March 7,2019 and got to make  their own web and tech creations as part of Engineers Week 2019

The schools taking part were Maynooth Post Primary, Maynooth Community College, Colaiste Chiarain, Leixlip, Confey College, Leixlip and Celbridge Community School.

The female 2nd level students were shown how to design and create their own app as part of a fresh initiative to inspire and encourage the next generation of young women to enter the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) area.

The one-day event provided a structured introduction to STEM to over 40 young women from County Kildare who were given an overview of the range of exciting career options available to them after studying STEM subjects. Participants were also able to present their own crafted websites and tech creations to a number of senior managers from Intel and compete for prizes up for grabs.

Using HTML and other app building tools, the young students were shown by experts from the award-winning social enterprise Stemettes how to harness coding, software, digital and tech skills to build their own apps and other tech creations and explore the limitless possibilities the exciting world of STEM has to offer.

Part of Engineers Week 2019, the unique Stemettes ‘STEM Goals Day’ event ahead of International Women’s Day, was hosted by Engineers Ireland and supported by Intel, who recently announced a strategic partnership to inspire and engage future generations of STEM talent in Ireland.

Caroline Spillane, Director General of Engineers Ireland, and the first woman to hold the role, said: “There is growing interest in STEM amongst women, but as we saw from our ‘Engineering 2019: A barometer of the profession in Ireland’ report earlier this week, men still greatly outnumber women at each stage of engineering higher education and apprenticeships. That said, the gender gap has narrowed over the past five years so it is incumbent on teachers, policymakers, parents and us all in industry, to play our part in building further awareness and interest in STEM, and particularly engineering, as a creative and diverse profession amongst young female students.”