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Killarney student enjoys high-tech work experience with a difference

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ST BRENDAN’S COLLEGE student Shane Trant was one of a host of transition-year pupils who enjoyed a unique work experience programme designed to give them a real insight into a high-tech career.

The CEIA – Cork’s Technology Network – in collaboration with the Tyndall National Institute, have developed a work experience programme designed to give TY students a real insight into a high-tech career. ‘HighTechElec’ is a free, immersive TY work experience programme for students considering a career in STEM – science, technology, engineering and math.

The HighTechElec programme has already seen 21 students from 13 schools across Munster participate in the first part of the 2017 programme which includes a week of physics, electronics and technology based workshops, lectures, career talks, and industry placement, culminating in an innovation competition called TechnoDen. Industry partners include Dell EMC, Boston Scientific, Johnson controls, Horner APG, Moog, Cork Internet eXchange, S3 Group, Sanmina SCI, Firecomms, and Pilz.

“The HighTechElec programme provides students with invaluable experience across industry and academia. Through meeting and working with scientists and engineers, students get first-hand experience of the career choices available to them,” said Dr Eamon Connolly, Electrical and Electronic Engineering Promotion Officer, CEIA.

“The difference between the ‘HighTechElec’ programme and any other TY work experience programme is that this is very structured – every hour is accounted for, optimising the experience for each student. At the end of the week students will participate in the TechnoDen competition in Tyndall National Institute, where groups of 2-4 students make a short presentation to a panel of judges – about a new idea for a product or service – based on the technology they encountered during their week. The competition element really encourages them to ask questions and think outside the box,” he added.

“We had 7 teams in total compete in the first round of TechnoDen this year, and the competition was very tight. I am delighted to announce that the winning team was ‘Flow’ with students from St. Brendan's College Killarney, Colaiste an Spioraid Naoimh and Presentation Secondary School, Mitchelstown,” said Valerie Cowman, Skills and Education Chair of the CEIA.

“I would like to thank our dedicated judges Dr Alan Matthewson, Dr Pedram Razavi and Nicola Cooney from Tyndall National Institute. I would also like to thank our wonderful industry partners for their support of the programme” she added.

The HighTechElec programme runs for two weeks and is open to all TY students in the region. Application forms are available on the CEIA website www.ceia.ie.
 


 
Above: Shane Trant, St Brendan's College, Killarney , Grace Roche Presentation Secondary School Midleton and Joel Abraham Colaiste an Spioraid Naoimh. PICTURE: GERARD MCCARTHY

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Local soprano releases new single

Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single. Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday. ‘Before […]

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Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single.

Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday.

‘Before You Leave Me’ has a Jazz influence. Mary has been writing her own songs since March this year covering several different genres.

“Tony O’Flaherty of Sonas Studios has brought my songs to life and I am delighted with the production on the songs,” Mary told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Fun Urban Orienteering event coming to Killarney town

The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30. Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in […]

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The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.
Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30.

Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in Ireland hope that this year’s event will inspire even more people than previous years and has funded multiple flagship as well as local events run by the Network of Local Sports Partnerships, including this ‘Family Street Orienteering Kerry’ event.

“This free event looks to offer everyone an opportunity the get out and be active and maybe try something new,” Gearóid O Doherty, the Coordinator of Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership said. 

“Urban Orienteering is an activity that you can do on your own or with your family and friends. You get to challenge yourself a little and still go at a pace that suits you – and what a beautiful location to do it all in, Killarney town!

“With many people possibly new to the Kerry region, be that through work, college or otherwise, this is an ideal way to get involved in the community and explore the streets and lanes of Killarney in a fun and active way.”

The Kerry Orienteers Club have designed the courses for this event and are looking forward to the excitement of it all and helping those new to the sport to continue taking part in the months and years that follow.

“We know that, for a lot of people, this will be their first time trying orienteering, but they can rest assured, as we will be there to talk them through it and help them out if needed,” Brendan O’Brien from Kerry Orienteers said.

“If it is something they want to try again, we can signpost them to other events, both locally here in Kerry and indeed nationally. Orienteering is a fantastic sport that allows you to build your skills and confidence, with all events having a variety of routes to cater for all levels.”

To cater for physical distancing and government guidelines, there are several staggered start times for participants to choose from, beginning at 6pm and the last group heading off at 7.30pm. With free t-shirts for all who sign up and additional workshops onsite, from the likes of Leave No Trace Ireland, it is sure to be a fun and vibrant evening, all stemming from the start point at ANAM – Killarney’s Arts and Culture Centre.

Places are limited for this event. Free online registration is available and those looking to attend are encouraged to book their place early to avoid disappointment.

For more information, you can visit any of the Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership social media accounts or go to www.sportireland.ie.

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