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Transition Year Students at iWish Exhibition in Cork

TY students had a great day in Cork at the iWish Exhibition
03-February-20
Transition Year Students at iWish Exhibition in Cork

Last Thursday, we set off to Cork for the iWish Exhibition in City Hall. iWish is an organisation that aims to inspire women to enter the field of STEM and help create opportunities for women in this already male-dominated field. Every year since 2015, iWish has held an exhibition in Cork and Dublin to empower and inspire young girls.

When we arrived in Cork, we had an hour to go shopping and get our lunch. Then we went into City Hall. The first half of the event was a variety of interesting talks from esteemed speakers about STEM. Sinead Kennedy from Winning Streak was the MC for the day and we were addressed by Ciara Revins from RedFM, two of the founders of iWish, Tánaiste Simon Coveney and a commandant from the Irish Defence Forces. There was also a very interesting panel of four women all working in STEM discussing their experiences in the field.

After the talks, we had an hour to walk around the Exhibition Room. There were an abundance of stalls from companies like Dell, Stryker and Johnson & Johnson. The people at the stalls talked about their experience working in STEM and what courses they would have done in college to get their jobs. It was a really helpful experience hearing from people in these jobs. We also got loads of gifts such as metal straws from Dell. The exhibition was really interesting and everyone learned a lot.

The iWish Exhibition was a valuable experience for everyone and piqued a lot of peoples’ interest in STEM. It was a really fun trip and one of the highlights of Transition Year so far.

Written by Jennifer Cronnolly

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