Pres TY Girls Inspired By iWISH Speakers At Conference

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Presentation Transition Year girls who went to the iWISH conference in Cork this week.

TRANSITION Year students from Presentation Tralee attended the afternoon session of the iWISH conference in Cork on Thursday.

iWISH is targeted at female students making subject choices for senior cycle and encourages the students to take up STEM subjects – Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Applied Maths so as to be prepared for 3rd level courses in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

There was a wide range of speakers followed by an exhibition from different companies and organisations with a science focus.

Dr Pixie McKenna with Presentation Tralee students.

MC for the session, Dr. Pixie McKenna, encouraged the girls present not to exclude options but rather to explore, be a changer not a follower and not to always seek to follow an established path but to blaze a trail in another direction.

iWISH founders Gillian Keating and Caroline O’Driscoll gave motivating talks on “Choices, Chances, Changes” and “Anything is possible”.

Other speakers included Mary Good, PepsiCo Food and Innovation and Jacinta Moore, Johnson Controls who spoke on the topic of “Smart Cities, Smart World” including a few minutes on how her workplace building uses technology to create greater efficiencies in terms of services and utilities.

A panel discussion was moderated by Ruth Buckley – iWISH founder included Margie McCarthey of SFI, Niamh Hegarty of Stryker and Barry O’Sullivan of Insight at UCC.

The students from Pres gave a definite thumbs-up to the event – with much discussion on the way home regarding subject choices etc.

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