Women in STEM

06 Mar 2019

Women in STEM

 

As a technology company who provide learning solutions for education, Wriggle believe passionately in encouraging creativity, innovation and inclusion of all learners, male and female within this sector. With a female director and 6 teachers on staff (half of whom are female), we believe in leading by example. This International Women's Day, we asked our Women in STEM on staff what inspired them to work in technology and how to encourage more girls to do the same.

 

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Beryl Furlong - Director of Wriggle Learning 

 

How do you/have you worked in STEM? 

I have been part of the technology sector for over 25 years and as director of Wriggle Learning, I set up Wriggle to help schools on their technology journey.

 

What attracted you to working in this area? 

I didn’t plan to work in this Sector but once into it I got hooked and am still waiting to get bored! The sector is ever changing so we are constantly learning which keeps us at the forefront.

 

What are the obstacles to women working in STEM? 

As a woman, there is an assumption that you don’t know anything technical because you are a woman....the ‘bring a technical guy to the meeting’ comment. It is very important for women to lead and support younger women in this sector and I feel particularly passionate about doing that.

 

How do you encourage/inspire girls towards a career in STEM through education? 

I think girls have to be introduced at a very early age. More focus in the primary curriculum is required which would then feed into post primary. Technology is a great tool for engaging students in these subjects and allows for deeper learning.

 

How do you encourage your daughters and women in your own life to innovate and break new ground? 

I have two teenage daughters and have always encouraged them to think differently and to explore all avenues. I introduced them to CoderDojo in primary school. One daughter loved it and now has a passion for physics and is studying physics, chemistry and biology for leaving cert. My sister is a Senior Scientist in the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany and is a huge inspiration to me and my daughters....I think I have another scientist in the making!

 

Follow Beryl on Twitter:  @beryl_wriggle

 

 

 

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Sinead Kelly Roche - Education Solution Specialist for Wriggle  


How do you/have you worked in STEM? 

My Job is to promote the use of technology in teaching and learning.

 

What attracted you to working in this area? 

Through training I received in my school from Wriggle I realised that when technology is used correctly in education it can completely change students experience of the education system (and therefore their lives) . This experience gave me a huge passion for technology and encouraged me to become an education solution specialist with Wriggle Learning.

 

What are the obstacles to women working in STEM? 

It is thought that about a third of parents and teachers (29%) still perceive STEM disciplines as more closely fitting boys’ brains, personalities and hobbies. We need to inform and encourage girls in particular so that they see the possibilities of a career in STEM.

 

How do you encourage/inspire girls towards a career in STEM through education? 

82% of girls say they want a career where they can help other people, yet do not see how STEM facilitates that. We need to have a consistent and systematic focus on STEM through our education system, so that teachers can communicate and inform young girls on the value and opportunities of STEM subjects, courses and careers.

 

How do you encourage your daughters and women in your own life to innovate and break new ground? 

Being a woman myself working for a technology company I feel that I am leading by example and hope that my daughter and women in my life will see the possibilities for women in STEM and see themselves in that role.

 

Follow Sinead on Twitter:  @Sineadkr

 

 

 

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Roisin Beaver - Education Solution Specialist for Wriggle  

 

How do you/have you worked in STEM? 

As a teacher I taught myself HTML and used this to develop modules in computing for my TY classes, including designing their own websites. I now encourage students and teachers to explore the benefits of technology for learning with Wriggle.

 

What attracted you to working in this area? 

I’ve always loved the potential of technology for helping students gain an understanding of concepts and to transform learning. My students inspired me to try new things with technology.

 

What are the obstacles to women working in STEM? 

One of the main obstacles to women working in STEM is perception. Initiatives that encourage girls to try their hand at STEM are a fantastic way to create a buzz about a career that girls may have discounted as being ‘just for boys’.

 

How do you encourage/inspire girls towards a career in STEM through education? 

Providing girls with the opportunity to try things in STEM is key. Inviting in speakers to school helped in my own case. Bringing the students to visit the global headquarters of tech companies also helped and allowed them see that it is possible to be female and to work in tech.

 

Follow Roisin on Twitter:  @RSBeaver

 

To find out more about how Wriggle can help your school on their technology journey, contact sales@wrigglelearning.ie or call 015009060