Galway students sold on STEM

Pictured above are Helen Concannon, chief commissioner Irish Girl Guides, Rosemary Steen, director external affairs EirGrid, with Orla O’Neill and Ciara-Beth Griffin.

Pictured above are Helen Concannon, chief commissioner Irish Girl Guides, Rosemary Steen, director external affairs EirGrid, with Orla O’Neill and Ciara-Beth Griffin.

Two Galway girls have been sold on science, technology, engineering and mathematics after taking part in a special Mission to Mars Lego Robotics Summer Academy in Dublin City University.

Ciara-Beth Griffin (17 ) of Athenry and Orla O’Neill (18 ) of Barna joined members of Irish Girl Guides from around the country at the week-long course where they received hands-on experience making Lego robots, which they learned to manoeuvre using programming. They gained a range of skills in computational thinking, engineering and programming during the course, which was engaging and hands-on.

The course was designed to encourage girls to take STEM subjects in school and college and to consider pursuing careers in STEM.

The girls also had a Skype call with Dr Niamh Shaw, who recently took part in a simulated Mars mission in the Utah desert. Dr Shaw is lecturer at the International Space University’s annual Space Studies Programme in Cork.

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