Teen-Turn gives girls technology experience

During the academic year 2018/2019, Kingswood Community College forged links with Teen-Turn, a nationwide registered charity whose aim is to provide teen girls the opportunity to gain hands-on technology experience so that they can visualise themselves in STEM (Science / Technology/ Engineering/ Maths) careers and therefore make third-level course choices accordingly.

Teen-Turn works with DEIS and similar schools to identify participants with academic promise, who will benefit from the opportunity but are from traditionally under-represented communities or from where third-level education is uncommon.

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Students with their Guidance Counsellor Maeve McCarthy and Deputy Principal Mary Murphy

Through the summer of 2019, 11 female students from KCC’s current Transition Year programme attended a two-week internship with a variety of companies in Dublin.

The internship involved a week of induction and training for the students, followed by a week’s placement within the allocated company.

Students were selected from many schools around the Leinster region and Kingswood Community College were proud of all students who took part and grateful to all who invested their time in each students learning experience. Certificates and invaluable personal references were given to all who took part.

During this particular placement, students were asked to blog about their time within their allocated company.

Caitlin Mansfield, from Kingswood Community College, was selected by Teen-Turn to receive an award for her efforts and duly received a plaque this week noting her achievement.

Since the summer placement, all Transition Year girls were invited to the company Survey Monkey on a site visit.

Current Third Year pupil Amy Carruth is availing of the Project Squad development group, which invites teen girls to create a science fair project, in keeping with the requirements of both SciFest and BT Young Scientist.

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