Inspiring young females to pursue careers in STEM at I Wish Conference 20192019 February 25
The recent I Wish conference at the RDS Dublin (Feb 2019) drew hundreds of Transition year female students from around the country to listen to speakers and interact with exhibits from industry and from TCD.
SCSS took its place at the FEMS faculty stand, with Lucy Hederman at the helm, displaying the ADAPT ozobots, little toy robots that follow lines, change colour and turn colour sequences into commands.
Another demo from V-SENSE was an augmented reality 'vologram' that provided great amusement to the students - it allowed them to place a historical character in the scene in front of them using an iPad and watch others appearing to interact with him. This technology is being developed further by TCD's spin-out company 'Volograms'.
I WISH is an initiative to inspire, encourage and motivate young female students to pursue careers in STEM. STEM can change our world. We have so many world problems to solve – food shortage, climate change, pollution, ageing population. These will be solved through STEM if you help us harness the power of thousands of girls to shape a better world.
I WISH (Inspiring Women in Stem) features a conference and interactive exhibitions. The conference also feature workshops, daily keynotes and engaging talks by women and men who have seen the opportunities for a great career in STEM.
I Wish has grown over the past four years. When it started out I Wish took 1,000 female students to Cork City Hall, now I Wish has grown nationally and for the past two years have brought the showcase to The RDS Dublin. To date I Wish has reached out to nearly 12,000 students and have a further ambitious goal to increase their student reach in 2019.
Posted by Catherine O'Connor, Head of External Relations, School of Computer Science and Statistics, Trinity College Dublin.
catherine.oconnor at tcd.ie