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Wednesday, 19th September 2018

Drogheda schools get behind STEM!

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First year girls from Colaiste na hInse at last year’s ‘STEM for girls’ event at Drogheda Grammar School, run by Soroptimists International Drogheda. Photo: Andy Spearman.

Up to 150 first year young women students from many Drogheda Secondary schools, will congregate in the Drogheda Grammar School on Wednesday next, 26th September, for the second STEM Workshop to be organised by Drogheda Soroptimists. 

Statistically, women are less likely than men to become involved in STEM industries, such as pharmaceuticals, cyber security, food research and the whole area of medical devices. 

According to Smart Futures, a collaborative programme that provides second-level school students in Ireland with information about careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), studying STEM subjects gives you a set of skills, such as critical thinking and problem solving, creativity and innovation, design and communications, all of which are highly valued by many different types of employers.

The focus on first year students is to inform them about the excitement of STEM subjects as they choose their courses of study and the one-day workshop will provide interactive sessions run by young scientists, engineers and mathematicians who are passionate about their subject and there will also be the opportunity for the students to hear from inspirational women speakers talking about their careers and work in science. 

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Soroptimist International, Drogheda are delighted to have the opportunity to facilitate this event which reflects the Soroptimist Commitment to education manifest through projects locally, nationally and internationally and are most grateful to the management and staff of the Drogheda Grammar School for hosting the workshop.

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