This week The Ada Lovelace Initiative talks have resumed after the midterm break. As the schools are back from their Halloween holidays this month, our role models are back in action too and we would like to share our latest exciting news with you in today’s instalment of A.L.I. In Action!
Although our school visits were paused while the students enjoyed their break, the A.L.I team and our community of supporters have been busy working on some exciting projects to bring to students for the rest of the year. Unfortunately we had a little bit of disruption last week due to the school strikes but we are back up and running again and luckily all disrupted talks have been rescheduled thanks to the help and patience from both teachers and role models.
School visits kicked off after the mid-term on Thursday the 10th of November, with Egle Venclovaite visiting the Institute of Education on Leeson Street. Egle is a Senior User Experience Designer at Nitro and she has over 10 years’ experience and an extensive background in Graphic and Web Design.
Egle is a first time role model and she greatly enjoyed the experience telling the students all about her career path, starting from when she was a student herself.
Egle’s visit (pictured above) to The Institute of Education was followed by a visit last Monday, the 14th of November, to Sacred Heart Secondary School in Newry by Kirsty Downey who works for Citi Global Bank as a Technology Associate. Kirsty’s role involves conceiving, developing and launching new financial services. Kirsty visited Sacred Heart last year and really enjoyed her experience, so she was delighted to be returning to speak to a new group of Transition Year students again this year.
Sacred Heart Secondary School happens to be the school that Kirsty went to when she was growing up so she was given the opportunity to catch up with some of her old teachers and reminisce about her time spent there. We are very excited to announce that Kirsty’s visit was the first visit in Northern Ireland to take place this year.
The next school visit will take place this Friday, the 18th of November, in Santa Sabina College in Sutton, County Dublin. Jenny Munnelly, who is the Course director of MSc Applied Software Technology at DIT and the Co-Founder & CEO of MobiMaths, will be visiting the Transition Year students of Santa Sabina to share her story. MobiMaths provides apps & tools for fun ways to learn maths.
In other news, we are delighted to announce that The Ada Lovelace Initiative was featured in The Laois People newspaper last week! Alison Halpenny will be the first A.L.I role model to visit county Laois when she returns to her old school Scoil Chríost Rí later this month. With the help of The Laois People we will be able to get the word out there that A.L.I has now launched in Laois, so that we can continue connecting female technology professionals with schools in the area.
If you would like to learn more about The Ada Lovelace Initiative, please visit our A.L.I page. We are looking for role models from every county, if you would like more information about visiting a school on our waiting list, please fill out our form here and we will be in touch shortly.
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