Ireland is projected to face a shortage of technology professionals within a few years and girls are still not taking up technology as a career option. Here’s our take on kids and technology (and why they matter):
Here are some known facts:
- Ireland needs 45,000 ICT professionals by 2018
- There’s a 27% drop out rate among first year computing students and
- only 20% of computing students are female
Working in tech ourselves, we think parents need to know about technology, career options and to encourage their children to consider them too.
Science Foundation Ireland are working to help educate students and parents about technology and one of their key events is Tech Week Ireland 2015 which takes place from April 26th to May 2nd this year.
What is Tech Week?
Tech Week aims to inspire students to engage actively with Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM subjects), and equip them with the knowledge and experience necessary to make informed choices about their future subject and career choices.
Why is Tech Week Important?
- It wants to open their minds to all the possibilities of careers in IT.
- Tech Week is taking place nationwide and provides hands-on opportunities to learn about how computing and related technology is shaping every area of life that we live in today.
- Tech Week is also focusing on educating all citizens – of every age group and background – about the challenges and rewards of our fast-changing technological society.
The Tech Week showcase will take place at Dublin Castle on 29th and 30th April 2015.
Among the events will be the National Finals of F1 in Schools and the National Scratch Competition.
What Parents and Students Can Do
- Connect with Tech Week on Twitter @TechWeekIRL and don’t forget to use the hashtag #techweekirl to be part of the conversation!
- Find out all about Tech Week and the events taking place by clicking here
- If you’d like to find opportunities and see what it’s like to work in Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths, visit SmartFutures.ie.
What are your views on kids and technology for the future? Share your thoughts in the comments below.