Slingshot Academy -TY's
A group of TY students interested in STEM attended the Slingshot Academy on January 21st. STEM stands for Science Technology Engineering and Maths. We went into a lecture hall in the National Gallery of Ireland where a few different speakers came in to talk to us about courses and careers in STEM.
The first speaker was Niall Horgan who works for Twitter. He told us his story about how he got this great job at twitter. He gave us some advice at the end and the best piece was that ‘Life experience is work experience’. Evie Oppermann asked him if he was verified on Twitter and won a T-shirt for it!
Next came two students from TCD and UCD, named Andy and Conn. They sat down with the host who interviewed them about life as chemistry students. They told us about what they study in chemistry and how they balance school with extra-curricular activities as well. This was followed by another student called Ryan who designed a website with us after the interview. He studies computer science and showed us how to code a website. It was very easy to follow, so students were able to do it along with him on their mobile phones!
After our lunch break, a student named Gillian spoke to us about the Biomedical Sciences course at TCD. She explained how antibiotics won’t work forever and new cures for common diseases need to be found in the form of vaccinations. Ireland is third place in the world in the biomedical field, which offers fantastic opportunities for anyone interested.
The last speaker was an entrepreneur called Owen who told us his inspirational story. He studied business and law at UCD and joined the law society while doing that. After graduating, he worked for Enterprise Ireland in London for a few years, but didn’t enjoy it so he came home. He founded a technology start-up company with his friend only a few months ago. They are still working on it and it’s a risk, but he explained how he prefers doing this to his previous job because he loves it. His extra-curricular activities definitely helped him on his journey and he encouraged us to get involved in anything and everything. His main tips were that we take care, have passion, look for guidance and take risks when doing anything. It was fantastic.
I would like to thank Mr. Moriarty, on behalf of the TY group that attended, for taking the time to organise this trip and coming with us today. It was an eye opener! By Jessica Rotaru