In September 2019, Motorsport Ireland together with Formula Female launched the Go Girls Karting & STEM Initiative, in association with Sport Ireland, Team Ireland and CJJ Motorsports.
More than 1,000 female secondary school students across Ireland will get the opportunity to take part as we introduce Motorsport to young females via STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) education. The programme is aimed at schoolgirls aged 13-16 and enables them to combine sporting and educational experiences as they get behind the wheel.
The Go Girls Karting Initiative is designed to drive visibility and active participation by highlighting positive female role models who are successful in motorsport, other sports, and related education.
Go Girls is led by Ireland World Cup hockey star Nicci Daly, who has also worked as a Data Engineer for Indycar Team, Juncos Racing. The programme will offer classroom workshops to demystify and align practical STEM subjects with motorsport, as well as an introduction to kart driving on local tracks.
Motorsport Ireland CEO, Leo Hassett; Minister of State for Tourism & Sport, Brendan Griffin TD; and Go Girls Programme Coordinator, Nicci Daly at the launch of the Sport Ireland Women in Sport programme on Sept 5th 2019
MOTORSPORT PLATFORM FOR STEM EDUCATION
It has become evident in recent years that there is a need for more people to be educated in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM). It feeds our industries and it drives innovation. What is even more evident is the gender imbalance, with women greatly underrepresented in STEM industries.
In 2017 Ireland's STEM Education & Implementation plan was released with two key ambitions;
1. To increase by 40% the number of females taking STEM subjects for leaving cert
2. To increase participation in out of school STEM learning opportunities & STEM career activities.
The Go Girls Karting initiative is designed to give young females an insight into the world of Motorsport, whether its competing as a driver or undertaking a career through STEM.
Using Motorsports as a platform to teach STEM education provides a new way of thinking for students who need something different in order to learn. STEM exercises in connection with Motorsport gives students an avenue to apply what they learn in the classroom to real world examples. It enables them to get excited about what they are learning and to be able to translate the theory into something that is real and fun.
Those well versed in STEM have options to start a career in many different disciplines as well as Motorsport. To learn more about the Go Girls Karting initiative, subscribe to news, or to register your school's interest, visit www.formulafemale.org