IGNITE Event in Poland on Project Management

On December 15, 2023, students in grades 5-8 from two public primary schools in Poland – Bukowina Sycowska and Kąty Wrocławskie – participated in an IGNITE Event. The event featured Barbara Trybulińska, Project Manager at Ulam Labs, who shared her inspiring journey in the world of technology.

Barbara’s story resonated with the students, illustrating that the path to success is filled with unexpected turns. Her journey from considering architecture and engineering to ultimately thriving as a Project Manager in the IT sector showcased the importance of exploring diverse interests.

Throughout her story, Barbara recounted her active Girl Scout days and participation in school competitions, highlighting her passion for French and mathematics. The transition from studying Law to discovering her calling in IT after maternity leave painted a picture of resilience and adaptability. Now overseeing a team at Ulam Labs, she emphasized the key qualities needed for a Project Manager – organizational skills, analytical thinking, self-discipline, and the ability to remain calm under pressure.

Barbara’s valuable insights into her daily work routine, the challenges faced, and the importance of meeting client requirements added a practical dimension to the students’ understanding of the tech industry. The session concluded with Barbara’s advice to the students to never give up on their goals and persistently pursue their chosen paths.

Special thanks to Monika Małecka and Agnieszka Krasicka for coordinating the groups and encouraging the students throughout the event. Additional thanks to Cathi Rodgveller for her unwavering support in making the event a success.

After attending this event:


of students are interested in STEM

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of students know more about STEM career choices and the benefits of working in a STEM field


of students gained perspective and feel more hopeful about the future

Here’s what the students thought of the event:

“After this event, I’m more interested in STEM.” – 5th Grade IGNITE Student

“I learned that I can change my job if it doesn’t satisfy me. Thank you, I realized that I can combine my passions and do what makes me happy.” – 8th Grade IGNITE Student

“The event was great and I liked the puzzle. I’m grateful that the Volunteer visited us in our school.” – 5th Grade IGNITE Student

“I’m more interested in attending STEM events. Thank you for the event; I’ve learned a lot about STEAM jobs.” – 5th Grade IGNITE Student

“After today’s event, I think about having a career in STEAM. The lesson has showed me a wider point of view. The volunteer conducted the event in a very interesting way. This way boosted my mind.” – 8th Grade IGNITE Student

“This event inspired me to partcipate in the next events. This event was great and very interesting, especially the game.” – 5th Grade IGNITE Student

“I liked the event and the game at the end.” – 5th Grade IGNITE Student

“Today’s meeting made me think about my future. The event was very interesting it showed me how important team work is.” – 8th Grade IGNITE Student

About IGNITE Program Events:

Virtual or In-Person IGNITE Program Events empower women in STEM careers to connect directly with students by sharing their academic and professional journeys. IGNITE Students are inspired by hearing stories they can relate to, and Q&A discussions help break down stereotypes that hold them back from engaging in STEM classes and careers.

About IGNITE Worldwide:

IGNITE Worldwide is a 501(c)3 nonprofit STEM education organization that aims to change gender and racial equity in STEM permanently and systematically. We work directly with teachers during the school day to provide programming that promotes gender equity and representation in STEM academics and careers. Through our award-winning program, IGNITE provides engaging, hands-on events that connect students with STEM professionals from industry leaders from around the world. Learn more at www.igniteworldwide.org.

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