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Calling all young STEM enthusiasts – the Digital Youth Council wants you

15 Sep 2017

The Digital Youth Council of Ireland has championed young people in STEM since its launch in 2014.

Over the last three years, the Digital Youth Council has provided a voice to young people with a passion for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), creating links between students, industry and government.

The list of members includes three Google Science Fair winners and six BT Young Scientist winners, with Time even naming three members in its 25 Most Influential Teens worldwide list in 2014.

A big chance for young STEM enthusiasts

The opening of applications is an exciting opportunity for young people who love STEM, with 10 spots available for new members.

The council this year will consist of these new members and existing ones, with applications accepted from students living in the Republic of Ireland.

Executive director Harry McCann, who founded his first business, Kid Tech, at the age of 15, spoke enthusiastically about the kick-off of the application process.

“Every year I am amazed by the huge amount of applications we receive from talented young people all across Ireland, and I have no doubt this year’s applicants will be just as good, if not better.”

Influencing policy

McCann also discussed plans to bring some exciting new resources to the classroom, and the work that the Digital Youth Council is doing with the Government to mould vital policies.

New members will get the chance to work on these policies and other innovative initiatives, making this a great opportunity to have a hand in creating Ireland’s digital future.

He also encouraged applicants to be expressive and use the application process to show their skills and personality as an individual.

Students interested in applying need to be in second-level of education by September 2017 and must not be sitting State exams from September 2017-2018.

The application form can be accessed here, and 25 September is the final day for submissions.

Ellen Tannam
By Ellen Tannam

Ellen Tannam was a journalist with Silicon Republic, covering all manner of business and tech subjects. She keeps her library card close at hand at all times and is a big fan of babies, chocolate and Sleater-Kinney.

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