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Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh - The Smart Careers Competition

Date: 06 May 2011

The Smart Careers Competition allows students in 1st and 2nd year explore the Maths and Science requirement in a career of their choice.  The results of this investigation are produced either on an A1 Poster or in Power Point format and displayed for the competition judges in Intel's manufacturing plant in Leixlip on the 12th April 2011.

The Munster and West Regional Smart Careers Final was held on Tuesday 5th April in LIT and Jamie Lane from Gaelcholaiste Luimnigh won the top prize for his study on the work of a Cryptanalyst.

The students researched their chosen career explaining how Mathematics and/or Science are used in the career of their choice and why they are important. The poster included a description of the day to day activities of the chosen career, how mathematics /or science are used in this career, the 3rd level courses which would lead to this career and interesting facts they found when researching the career.

The competition gives students a basis for appreciating the relevance of science and mathematics on subject choice and educational and career options. Students as early as Junior Certificate Cycle can make decisions unintentionally about their future, by omitting certain subjects or choosing to study subjects at a level which would not be suitable for their future career options.

By students understanding the relevance of science and mathematics and pursuing further education and careers in this area Ireland will be able to secure the smart economy into the future.