The implementation of the SFI funded project STEMChAT has continued at EPI*STEM over the past few months. Female undergraduate STEM Champions from the WISTEM2D programme, EPI*STEM staff and Johnson & Johnson industry mentors have facilitated informal workshops with post-primary school students both in schools and community locations around County Limerick. To date, over 400 students have participated in this innovative approach to addressing the under-representation of women in the STEM workforce in Ireland by engaging in small-group discussions about STEM stereotypes, courses and careers.
Students are currently participating in a poster competition in which they interpret a particular STEM subject or career. Closing date for entries is Friday 6th of December and winners will be awarded a variety of STEM prizes! EPI*STEM staff are currently developing a resource pack to disseminate to participating schools and career guidance counsellors. This resource pack will enable the schools/guidance counsellors to replicate and engage in STEMChAT workshops with their future students.