A free STEM event for secondary students is being held at the Rochestown Park Hotel on Wednesday November 13.
The (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) event is called the STEM South West Industry and Careers Showcase and is taking place between 4pm and 9pm.
The body collectively responsible for the event is made up of several industry stakeholders, including business organisations that create over 30,000 jobs in the region, local authorities, and educational partners CIT, UCC and IT Tralee.
The event will be an exhilarating and fascinating ‘showcase’ of STEM in practice in some of the most dynamic and revolutionary companies in Ireland.
Approximately 50 of Ireland’s leading tech, pharma, engineering companies and educational organisations will come together to showcase exciting and interactive exhibitions.
Some of Ireland’s most talented STEM professionals will be on hand on the day to speak with students, give them an insight into the many roles and pathways to a fulfilling career in STEM, and to answer any and all questions put to them by attendees Organisers of the event say that STEM South West will provide a unique platform for STEM stakeholders in the region to increase engagement with the next generation of prospective STEM students, to facilitate connectivity with other STEM organisations, and to enable knowledge-sharing and problem-solving with all organisations involved in regional STEM development.
Director of Operations Technology Development at Johnson & Johnson Mike Flannery stated: “We have an exciting event planned for these students and their families, and we have no doubt that what they take from their attendance could influence the choices they will make regarding their education and careers for years to come.” An Tánaiste & Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney said: “The future of the Irish economy is reliant on a skilled STEM workforce and that workforce is reliant on the choices our students make today about what they study and where they go in their careers.
“We have a 40,000+ student population in the South West region – we need to speak with these students before these choices are made – to open up the world of possibilities that lay out before them in STEM related industries..” County Mayor Christopher O’Sullivan encouraged students and parents to find out more by visiting www.stemsouthwest.ie.