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Dundalk school students head to DkIT for intense entrepreneur programme

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David Lynch

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David Lynch

Dundalk school students head to DkIT for intense entrepreneur programme

Dundalk school students head to DkIT for intense entrepreneur programme

No sooner was the TY Class of 2020 back in harness at local school St Louis last week than twenty of them were gone again - to DkIT for a week of intensive immersion in an Entrepreneurship Programme designed especially for them.

The students spent a week in DkIT, in different departments, learning about the generation of an idea, through scientific and engineering knowledge to commercialisation. The tasks completed involved skills such as team work, innovation and problem solving. Colman Ledwith, Head of Department of Electronic and Mechanical Engineering explained: " The purpose of the week is to show the girls just what is on offer here in DkIT. They get a chance to work on their communication, interpersonal and leadership skills, all while designing and creating a commercial product. Encouraging girls into Science and Engineering fields by exposing them to it at this age is also behind this programme. We are very happy to continue our links with St Louis again this year."

TY Co-ordinator Ms Martina Galligan is delighted that the strong links with DkIT are continuing to benefit our students.

"It's wonderful to see how enthusiastic the girls are from the get go in Transition Year. Our TY programme is an extremely busy one, from the very first day, and this year is no different.

“I look forward to further positive links with both DkIT and others to enhance the teaching and learning offered to our students here in St Louis Secondary School."

Students who attended the course got a feel for college life as they moved through the Engineering and Science buildings, and saw first hand the facilities available.

They each had to make a presentation in front of their peers and mentors at the end of the week.

All agreed it was a wonderful start to a busy Transition Year calendar.