– The final of the Leinster Smart Careers Poster Competition was hosted by Intel in Leixlip today Tuesday 12th April.
– The competition allowed students in 1st and 2nd year to explore the maths and science requirement in a career of their choice.
– The first prize was won by Aoife Hussey from Presentation College Terenure for her smart career poster on Mechanical Engineering.
The final of the Leinster Smart Careers Poster Competition was hosted by Intel in Leixlip today Tuesday 12th April.
The idea behind the Smart Careers Competition was to allow students in 1st and 2nd year to explore the maths and science requirement in a career of their choice. The results of this investigation were produced either on an A1 Poster or in Power Point format and displayed in Intel today.
In preparing their posters, the students researched their chosen career explaining how Mathematics and/or Science are used in the career of their choice and why they are important. The poster included a description of the day to day activities of the chosen career, how mathematics /or science are used in this career, the 3rd level courses which would lead to this career and interesting facts they found when researching the career.
Up to 200 entries were received in the Leinster Region and over 100 students were short listed for the final judging at Intel today.
There was a wide range of careers profiled including; Astronomy, Forensic Science, Architecture, Software Developer, Marine Biology, Pharmacy, Teaching, Weather Forecasting, Graphic Designing, Electrician, Farmer, Pilot and various forms of Engineering.
Prizes at the event were awarded as follows:
- The First prize of an Apple iPad went to Aoife Hussey from Presentation College Terenure for her smart career poster on Mechanical Engineering
- Second prize of an Apple iTouch went to Vicky Tarkovsa from St Killians, Clonskeagh who looked at the science behind modelling
- Third prize of an Apple iPod went to Sarah Monaghan from Loreto Balbriggan for her study on Engineering – Building a Better Future.
The Munster and West Regional Smart Careers Final was held last Tuesday in IT Limerick and Jamie Lane from Gaelcholaiste Luimnigh won the top prize for his study on the work of a Cryptanalyst.
The Smart Career Competition has been developed by CareersPortal.ie and National Center Mathematics Science Excellence Teaching and Learning (NCE-MSTL), in partnership with Discover Science and Engineering, ESB and Intel. The aim of the competition is to highlight the importance of studying mathematics and science at the highest possible level for maximising career choices.
The competition gives students a basis for appreciating the relevance of science and mathematics on subject choice and educational and career options. Students as early as Junior Certificate Cycle can make decisions unintentionally about their future, by omitting certain subjects or choosing to study subjects at a level which would not be suitable for their future career options.
By students understanding the relevance of science and mathematics and pursuing further education in this area we would hope to make sure that we will have enough students to safeguard the smart economy into the future.
Speaking at the final Pádraig O’Murchu Education Manager from Intel Ireland said “Intel is delighted to be involved as partner in today’s competition as we believe that events such as this one, which give students an opportunity to explore the real world application of science and maths are vitally important in ensuring that we are delivering the right skills and talent in order to protect the future of the country’s competitiveness”.
Further images from the event can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/55550679@N03/sets/72157626363898903/
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