My name is Gary O’Rourke, from Co. Cavan. I have recently completed my Bachelor of science in Mathematics and Biology Education in University College Dublin, and am currently in a Masters Programme of the same name. I have always had an avid interest in the Stem discipline, and in particular the applications it can have to the world around us. In conjunction, I have also gotten great satisfaction in helping others, especially young people. These are the reasons I am studying to be a teacher. The STInt programme will give me a greater understanding into how STEM professions impact the world in a positive manner, and how I can link my own teaching of STEM to show the importance of the discipline to my students.
I aim to give myself an opportunity to develop a more holistic view of STEM as a whole. I hope to gain a greater understanding of the practical applications of the STEM disciplines in the everyday world, which I can then use in my own teaching practice to inform my students of the importance of STEM in our lives.
This will help me to bridge the gap between STEM being simply a subject for students in school, allowing them to see it as an opportunity to further enhance not only their own lives, but the lives of those around them, by working in industry. This programme will also make my teaching more inclusive as I can confidently link the theoretical content to its practical application, based on first hand experience that I would possess.