Earlier this year Dublin City University launched its 2020 STEM Teacher Internship programme which provides STEM teacher education students with the unique opportunity to avail of an internship experience in the STEM industry.
The STEM Teacher Internship Programme, established in 2016, provides participating teacher education students with the opportunity of a paid-internship experience in STEM focused roles and careers in global corporate firms.
This year the initiative has also received strategic partnership funding from Science Foundation Ireland’s Discover programme (2020-2021) to expand and enable pre-service STEM teachers from other universities to engage in internships in a wide range of industries across Ireland.
Nine new host organisations and seven pre-service second level STEM teachers from NUI Maynooth participated in the programme this year in addition to DCU student teachers.
Two of the teacher education students are completed their internships at the Intel campus in Leixlip, Co. Kildare – Rebecca Payne, who has a BSc in Psychology from Maynooth University and is studying for a Masters in Primary Education from DCU, and Alia Hamzawi, a BSc in Science Education student at DCU.
Both Rebecca and Alia completed 11 week internships with Intel working as part of the Edge.AI (Artificial Intelligence) team within Intel Movidius. The opportunity this year, for the first time, was offered remotely with both students completing their internship working from home. The programme gave the interns the chance to develop key skills in technology, communications and collaboration; skills which will support them in their future teaching careers to deliver a blended learning approach to STEM education.
We recently caught up with Rebecca and Alia to find out more about their experience;
During our time as interns at Intel, we had the opportunity to work on a number of different projects and to experience many aspects of a technology workplace.
One the of the first things that we embraced was a range of different training experiences which were offered to us throughout the programme. These included;
- Using educational technology for student success
- A beginner’s guide to programming
- OpenVINO tutorials
- AI solutions
- Being fearless in industry
- Building resilience and promoting wellbeing in challenging times
- We were given Micro:bit robots to use that facilitated our own learning of coding
- We completed tutorials for coding in blocks and python which we believe will really benefit us in trying to bring coding into the classroom
Collaboration and Team Building
Even though we were working remotely, we had plenty of opportunity to collaborate with our work teams and also to enjoy team buildings activities. We organised a variety of events to keep interns connected and communicating while working from home;
- Comedy Quiz with Zoom Party
- Coffee Mornings
- Pizza Party
We also had the chance to support Intel’s fundraising activities which are this year all in aid of their 2020 Signature Charity – Children’s Health Foundation Crumlin. We were delighted to join in with these efforts and one specific way that we were able to support was by creatively promoting, and participating in, the Intel annual Colour Run event.
We created a MoviKids channel on Microsoft Teams to assist parents with the move to working from home due to COVID-19. The initiative was designed to help parents balance working from home and helping with their children’s continued learning and fun throughout the summer months. We split the content into two groups for children who were below 8 years old and children who were over 8. There was a particular theme to each day’s activities, for example:
- Make it Monday
- Technology Tuesday
- Random Wednesday
- Thinking Thursday
- Fitness Friday
Remote Working and Learning
As we used Microsoft Teams for a lot of our work, we began to explore its applications for education. We found that Microsoft Teams for education can be used as a dynamic digital hub for a classroom. The platform can enrich students’ learning experiences by integrating a variety of tools and resources inside a Class Team.
There are a wide variety of educational applications we can now use to enhance the quality of remote learning and teaching going forward.
- Our experience with MoviKids has increased our confidence with online learning as well as given us a bank of STEM resources that could be used for primary school students. By developing video recording and editing skills we can now efficiently record online lessons.
- Technology Tuesdays encouraged us to find ways of applying what we have learnt in coding to activities adaptable to students of all levels starting off learning about coding.
- Our remote work experience has given us exposure to the multiple effective mediums to use to work and collaborate successfully from home. We can use these to maintain open lines of communication with students and parents should remote learning and teaching continue.
- We are now part of a community of STEM enthusiasts and will continue to use our connections from this internship to develop and enhance STEM education in schools.
Read more about the STEM Teacher Internship Programme.
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