Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD with Fatima Lakhlef and Tara Henderick Rockford Manor School, Dublin at the I Wish STEM showcase at the RDS. Picture by Shane O'Neill, SON Photographic
Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD with Fatima Lakhlef and Tara Henderick Rockford Manor School, Dublin at the I Wish STEM showcase at the RDS. Picture by Shane O'Neill, SON Photographic

Over 5,000 transition-year girls from 22 Irish counties are engaging with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through the I Wish STEM showcase.

“Choosing subjects and courses can be challenging for students, and events like I Wish can really help to explain the opportunities that STEM can offer and showcase the possibilities of a career in the STEM sectors,” said Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton.

“I’m keen to promote the uptake of STEM subjects during my time as Minister, especially among women, and I am delighted to be here to officially open I Wish, which will see more than 3,000 students experience STEM over two days here at the RDS Dublin.”

Andi McGlynn from Hartstown Huntstown Secondary School, Co. Dublin at the first day of the Dublin portion of 2018's I Wish STEM showcase. Picture by Shane O'Neill, SON Photographic
Andi McGlynn from Hartstown Huntstown Secondary School, Co. Dublin at the first day of the Dublin portion of 2018’s I Wish STEM showcase.
Picture by Shane O’Neill, SON Photographic

The showcase includes industry exhibitions, talks by female role models and a STEM entrepreneur zone.

“Female students need more support and encouragement into STEM for a variety of reasons, including lack of information on STEM careers, unconscious bias and stereotyping, as well as lack of confidence in maths, science and computer science subjects,” said I Wish Co-founder Ruth Buckley.

“To address this, I Wish provides real engagement with the STEM sector.

“Students hear from leading female executives working in engineering, life sciences and tech companies. We also have introduced a new Teach It zone this year so that teachers also have the support they need when providing advice and information to students in relation to STEM courses and careers.”

2,000 students have already attended I Wish events in Cork on January 25 and 26. An additional 3,000 are attending events at RDS in Dublin January 29 and 30.