Just two years since it hit the tarmac, a college Roadshow showcasing careers in science and engineering has attracted an audience of more than 2,000 people.
Cork Institute of Technology’s Engineering, Science and Technology Roadshow soon begins its tour of towns in Cork for the third year in a row.
It has proven popular with students and, say the organisers, has been “phenomenally successful,” particularly at encouraging more second-level female students to consider college courses in engineering, science or technology programmes.
The Roadshow, which features a panel of both male and female students and graduates of CIT, typically attracts crowds of more than 250 to its open nights – nearly half of them female at a time of increasing concern about the lack of female uptake of subjects like science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Over the past two years the Roadshow has visited Cork city, Midleton, Mallow, Macroom, Bandon, Carrigaline and Charleville.
In November, it hits Clonakilty and Midleton, and will also run at CIT in January.
“About 40% of our audience is now female, which is a major objective of the Roadshow,” said Michael Loftus, Head of CIT’s Faculty of Engineering and Science. “We want to ensure that female students are fully aware of the choices available in engineering, science and technology sectors.”
CIT has produced numerous national and European award winners over the years.
“We’re seeing a lot of girls interested in the areas of biomedical and chemical engineering now which is an increase on previous years.”
The Roadshow’s success, he believes, is rooted both in its ability to bring together students, parents, teachers and guidance counsellors and in allowing second-level students to meet a panel of current students and recent graduates of CIT.
“The young people on this panel are contemporaries of students considering such courses, and are far closer to them in terms of age and general interests,” Mr Loftus said.
*Midleton Park Hotel, Monday, November 9 at 7pm; Fernhill House, Clonakilty on Monday, November 16th at 7pm and CIT college, 7pm on Monday January 11.
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