The Transition Year Ireland (TYI) website offers Transition Year students, teachers and parents lots of information about TY opportunities. The TY EXPO takes place in Punchestown on 11th and 12th September 2017, with exhibition stalls, talks and lots of exciting features for TY students and coordinators to enjoy.
Engineering Your Future (EYF) is a week-long, hands-on programme for Transition Year students who have an interest in science and maths. It is designed to introduce them to the exciting and diverse world of engineering.
The event, supported by STEPS and hosted by a number of third-level institutes throughout Ireland, offers Transition Year students the opportunity to:
- Gain a better understanding of the skills required of engineers and the career opportunities available to qualified engineers.
- Learn about the disciplines and technologies making up the exciting world of engineering.
- Meet engineers at various stages in their careers and hear about their experiences.
- Gain an in-depth understanding of the diversity of engineering at third level and its subject content.
- Experience what engineers do on a daily basis through industry visits.
Details of the colleges running the programme in 2017 will be announced on the website soon. Applications will be accepted in January 2017 and the week will run in April or May 2017.
Student SlingShot Academy is a TY resource that gives secondary school students the opportunty to interact with third level students, learn more about the many different study and career paths out there, and get an taster of lots of different areas, to broaden their horizons.
Schools can book class groups in to attend these one day sessions, which take place over the school year. Visit the website for more information on key dates and how to apply.
The WorkXperience programme links employers with teachers, parents and students to encourage successful and rewarding work placements, giving them a real sense of what working life is like.
Search for work placements in career areas involving science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). New companies will be joining the programme over the year so check back regularly for updates.
All employers are welcome to participate - and it’s completely free.
The WorkXperience programme provides employers with a range of resources to manage the daily activities of students, with lots of ideas on activities that can benefit both. Teachers are also provided with resources. Go to www.workxperience.ie and register your organisation now or contact (01) 440 2314 for further information.
The Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre (APC) Biosciences Institute in University College Cork is running it’s Budding Biologists Programme for secondary schools to promote an understanding and appreciation of science in young people and highlight career opportunities in science. It includes a Transition Year Experience Programme and students are advised to visit the website to download an application form – closing date for receipt of applications late January 2017). Laboratory workshops are also often available at UCC’s Microbiology Department in areas such as microbiology, genetics and immunology.
Science for Schools is a free resource for secondary school teachers, designed in conjunction with Professor Emma Teelings’ Bat Lab in UCD, to support them in using genetics, biochemistry and molecular biology to show students that biology is an exciting and progressive areas of science. Co-developed by teachers, it explores key biological concepts in comparative genomics, evolution, ecology, ecosystems and speciation.
The resource is suitable for mixed ability Transition Year biology students and assumes only Junior Certificate science prior knowledge, giving students an insight into why we study molecular biology and how this science is used on a daily basis in biological research. Check out teaching materials here.
The CRANN / AMBER Exploring Materials TY Week runs twice during the school year, with students visiting PhD researchers in their labs in CRANN, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, St James's Hospital and the Advanced Microscopy Laboratory, where they have an opportunity to operate some of the world’s most advanced microscopes.
The School of Physics in Trinity College Dublin runs two programmes for Transition Year Students – a week in November and two one-day events in February. Check out their webpage for more information.
For enquiries relating to TYPE please contact Helen O’Halloran on (01) 896 4141 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.