Information and Contact Details for TY initiatives relating to User Scenario #2 (internship)

Transition Year Initiatives – CIT User Scenario #2

  1. sySTEM App Workshop – –
    1. Students devise an App for a game based on a set of guidelines
    2. Aimed at TY students
    3. Team-based approach – set up a mini-technology company
    4. Company goal = develop a Gaming App based on the logic of George Boole
    5. Team based – 6-8 students per team (Project Manager Role, App Development Roles (X2 min), Design Role, Finance Role, Sales and Marketing Role
    6. Teams make a short 2 min video to document their progress and a short presentation (5-10 mins) about their App and what they have learned
    7. 10-12 weeks to develop their idea for a gaming App and “pitch” their business idea – plan for the game needs to be submitted by 30th September
    8. CEIA will provide mentors to support schools and teachers participating in the project
    9. Present the plan and demonstrate your prototype to a judging panel on the final week of November
    10. Workshops – Technology; Project Management; Marketing & Sales; Design and Presentation Skills
    11. Time frame – 2nd week of September to End of November
    12. **Key activity is to have a clear idea and structure as to what you want to do, not to necessarily have a fully functioning end-product in the given timeframe
    13. Contact Information –


  1. Iveagh Scholar –
    1. Students are given a list of themes and they have three ways to enter – via a written composition (max. 500 words); a recorded video entry (max. 2 minutes) or a visual representation on their chosen theme
    2. 30 of the most thought provoking, considered, creative responses will have an opportunity to spend a week at the department of Foreign Affairs and Trade headquarters in Iveagh House Dublin.
    3. Schools are asked to nominate one entry per school
    4. Contact Global Horizons Youth Initiative


  1. HighTechElec TY Programme – – Transition Year Work Experience
    1. Apply online via an application form
    2. Runs for two weeks, successful applicants complete one of the two weeks of work experience
    3. The HighTechElec TY Work Experience Programme is a collaboration between the CEIA and the Tyndall National Institute @ UCC. It is developed to give students an insight into the high-tech careers open to them in industry and academia
    4. Participating students will undertake a week of physics, electronics and technology based workshops, lectures, career talks and industry placement culminating in an innovation competition
    5. First-hand experience of the choice of careers available to the students
    6. Beneficial for students interested in taking up a science or engineering career
    7. Contact – – Industry House, Rossa Avenue, Bishopstown, Cork.


  1. DCU – ComputeTY –
    1. Programme began in 2005; to date DCU’s school of computing has taken in over 4,000 TY students introducing them to computer programming and encouraging them to study computer science at 3rd level
    2. ComputeTY Course –
      1. Web Design – build a website on the topic of their choosing
      2. AppInventor – develop their own mobile apps using AppInventor
  • Introduction to Programming – students learn how to programme in Java
  1. Contact –


  1. RCSI MyHealth Transition Year MiniMed Programme, Dublin –
    1. 5-day work experience for TY students interested in a career in medicine
    2. Takes place in RCSI, 123 St. Stephen’s Green and in Beaumont Hospital and it is run annually in January
    3. Opportunity for students to witness what it is like to train and work as a doctor. Students have the opportunity to witness a live operation via a video link to the operating theatre
    4. Topics covered: human anatomy, forensic medicine, surgery, medicine etc.
    5. Schools register on behalf of the students and 180 schools are picked based on a lottery basis
    6. Schools that are successful must then register their selected student for the programme
    7. Contact –


  1. UCD – TY Week
    1. UCD School of Physics hosts its TY week, a programme of interactive seminars, thought-provoking lectures, fun experiments and exciting field trips which allow students to experience physics in the real world
    2. Students will be exposed to the work of researchers, academics and clinical professionals who are leaders in their field. They also see what it’s like to study Physics at university level
    3. Contact – or call 01 716 2230


  1. UCC – TY week(s)
    1. The School of BEES Transition Year Programme
      1. Students work alongside BEES Staff & students for a week and they get a feel for areas like Plant Science, Zoology, Environmental Science and Geology through lectures and practicals.
      2. Students are selected based on their motivational statement and they application date
  1. The School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology TY Programme
    1. Lectures that introduce students to the theory of the experiments they will be conducting
    2. Complete a wide variety of lab experiments and provides them with an insight into the research conducted in the school
  • Students receive one-to-one instruction by the senior technical staff Noreen Casey and Jenny Duane who supervise the students for the week
  1. Students develop their team and presentation skills. Students are assigned into teams during the week and on the final day of the programme each team delivers a PowerPoint assisted presentation on their top 3 experiments.
  2. Students also get the chance to explore UCC and get a feel for university life
  3. Helps students to make an informed choice about whether they want to study Biochemistry or not after school


  1. The Future is Food – Bord Bia – Transition Year Unit
    1. Mini-company unit for TY
    2. Develops skills such as team work, communication, decision making and leadership
    3. Schools will be matched with a local food producer or food professional who will act as mentors for the students
    4. Mentor visits the school and the students then visits the mentor’s business/premises
    5. Unit will provide the students with a better understanding of the Irish Artisan and Speciality Food Sector as well as the Irish Food and Agriculture Industries in general
    6. Contact & Register through the Taste Council of Ireland



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