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.
VistaMilk is an SFI research centre which represents a unique collaboration between Agri Food and information communications technology (ICT) research institutes and leading Irish/multinational food and ICT companies. VistaMilk is funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. VistaMilk has been operating since September 2018. There are over 110 funded staff and researchers in VistaMilk. We have a 7 research partners who include Teagasc (who are the host institute), The Walton Institute (WIT), Insight@UCD, Insight@DCU, Insight@NUIG, and Tyndall Institute (UCC) and the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF).