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Young Modellers Programme

Young Modellers Programme

Young Modellers Programme

In the Young Modellers programme students explore how to model real-world problems using maths and stats as part of a 12 week Transition Year programme. As part of Science Foundation Ireland’s mission to spread the STEM message, they have funded a new project under the SFI Discover programme to empower students and their teachers to identify and apply the maths and stats that they learn in class to real-world problems. The Young Modellers project led by the University of Limerick confronts students with unfamiliar “real-world” problems. It empowers Transition Year students to explore the modelling needed for problems that do not automatically appear to lend themselves to mathematical analysis; examples includes locating the black box of a crashed aeroplane, forecasting the cost of cancer screening programmes or optimising the operation of a lift in a multi storey building.

The Young Modellers programme engages approximately 450 students nationally, including approximately 225 female and 225 male students and 90 students from socially, economically or educationally disadvantaged groups. Historically, the lack of role models has acted as a barrier to female engagement with STEM, with this is mind there is gender balance amongst the project team involved in Young Modellers across the University of Limerick, Limerick Institute of Technology and University College Cork.

Currently, approximately 3% of the students doing the Leaving Certificate study applied mathematics, 30% higher-level mathematics and 10% study higher-level physics. The Young Modellers project allows students to “get under the hood”, exploring the basics of modelling real-world problems using concepts from applied maths, maths and physics and encourages increased numbers to study these subjects at leaving cert.

During the 12-week programme students develop an enhanced understanding of the links between the maths learned at school and the many applications of mathematical sciences in the real-world. The programme supports the development of collaboration, communication, and perseverance skills with students exploring multiple different ways of problem solving. Recognising that data science has become one of the most desirable and lucrative career options for mathematically-literate graduates, the Young Modellers project will offer students an insight into the mathematical principles underlying real world data problems.

The programme will finish with one group from each school presenting at the University of Limerick on the first Monday of December. Each participant will receive recognition for their work and it is hoped that posters for each project will be created and printed.

Dec 17
Christmas Exams
Jan 06
School Reopens
Jan 09
School Closure
Jan 13
1st Year Parent Teacher Meeting
Summerhill, Mallow, Co.Cork.
022 21173
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