My name is Siobhan O’ Riordan, I am currently a third year student studying my Bachelor of Science Education at University College Cork. My subjects are Junior Certificate Science and Leaving Certificate biology. Since starting college, I have gained a huge interest in the area of Physics. Once I complete my degree, I hope to undergo extra training in order to become a recognised Leaving Certificate Physics teacher.
Another area of interest for me is Computer Science. I am hoping that by taking part in the STInt programme, I will acquire new skills and knowledge in the area of STEM that I can implement in the classroom.
I recently attended an ISTA webinar on teaching Transition Year physics. One of the key points from the webinar was the idea that a cross curricular approach needs to be implemented in schools. For example, combining subjects such as Technology, Mathematics and Engineering with Science. Therefore, as a science teacher it is important to be well educated in all areas of STEM. I believe that by applying for this STEM internship programme, it will broaden my overall knowledge which will not alone benefit me but most importantly, benefit my students.