On Thursday May 26th, Carrigaline Community School hosted a Women in STEM event aimed at encouraging girls to consider careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, areas where there is still a considerable shortage of female students and workers.
This event, organised by the CCS Guidance Department, consisted of a question-and-answer session moderated by Deputy Principal and first female Chairperson of Cork GAA, Tracey Kennedy, where Transition Year and 5th Year girls heard from a number of inspirational women working in STEM, including Dr. Mary Moloney of CIT (also involved in the IWish national initiative), Deirdre Murphy and Louise O'Sullivan of Pepsico and Bríd Stack, multiple All-Ireland Ladies Football winner and a teacher of Maths at CCS. Past pupil Aoife Hosford, now studying Civil Engineering at CIT, and Erin O'Connor, a Structural Engineering student at CIT, also gave a fascinating perspective on their own experiences as STEM students.
CCS offers a full range of subject choice in the areas of Science, Technology and Engineering, and for incoming 5th Years, will be one of the first schools in the country to offer Computer Science as a Leaving Certificate subject.
Photo: L-R Deirdre Murphy, Louise O'Sullivan (both PepsiCo), Bríd Stack, Tracey Kennedy, Dr. Mary Moloney (CIT), Aoife Hosford (CCS past pupil and Engineering student at CIT), Erin O'Connor (Engineering student at CIT.