Hi, my name is Kathleen and I’m from a small town called Lisnaskea in Co. Fermanagh. I have a HND in Computing from Belfast Met and an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science from Ulster University and I’ve been living and working in Dublin for the last 3 years now. I’m in the first year of my PME and my subject specialisms are science and geography.
The STInt programme appealed to me for a number of reasons. Primarily, it intrigued me as I am a female who has worked and studied in science and technology based field’s where it is dominantly male operated. I always had an interest in science, technology and geography from a young age. I was incredibly fortunate to have received support from my mother and my teachers in school, which I believe, was the driving force behind me to pursue opportunities in these fields of expertise. Having worked in different industries and companies where females are not as equally represented, I was conscious of this when returning to school to pursue teaching. I want to ensure that I provide the same level of support and encouragement to students, so that everyone receives the same level of opportunities to succeed.
Hopefully, I can work on contributing to changing the mindset of the younger generations, both male and female, that anyone can and should pursue STEM related interests. Even though these contributions may be small, I hope that subsequently, they will contribute to a positive change in the overall outlook of what these particular fields look like for future generations to come.
I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to work with BT Ireland for summer 2021, where I’ll be working with the BT Young Scientist of the Year team. I will be working from home for the foreseeable until we are given instruction that it is safe for us all to return to working in an office environment. I have been briefed on a number of projects that they would like to get a teachers perspective on. Working together to achieve an aim which is to encourage and provide as many schools, teachers and students with the opportunity to partake and/or attend this impressive event.