Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) is calling on residents of the south east to get involved in Engineers Week 2017, a seven day programme of nationwide events celebrating the world of engineering in Ireland. The annual event is coordinated on a national basis by Engineers Ireland's STEPS programme - a strategic partner of Science Foundation Ireland’s (SFI) Smart Futures Programme.
Taking place from 4th- 10th March 2017, Engineers Week encourages primary and post-primary students, their teachers and parents to explore the exciting world of engineering as well as highlighting the diverse career opportunities engineering offers.
WIT is delighted to host events during Engineers Week 2017 and looks forward to engaging with primary and secondary students.
Primary school events are booked out already with pupils from Co Kilkenny schools attending (Listerlin National School, The Rower NS, Kilkenny, St Michaels NS, Danesfort, Slieverue National School, Big Wood (St. Colmcilles NS), Kilmoganny N. S., and Ringville NS).
Pupils from schools across Waterford city and county in attendance include: St. Martin's Special School, Mount Sion NS, Ballyduff NS, St Saviours NS Ballybeg, Waterpark NS, St Paul NS Waterford, Scoil Lorcain, Waterford, Gaelscoil Portlairge, Gaelscoil na nDeise, Holy Family Mercy Primary School Waterford, Faithlegg National School, Passage East NS, St. Stephen's De La Salle, Butlerstown National School, Holy Cross National School, St John of Gods Waterford, Newtown School, Kilmacthomas, and Christchurch National School.
Pupils from St Peter & Paul's NS, Clonmel are already signed up for events.
Proposed secondary school events include Junior Cert Heat and its Applications in Engineering (Wednesday) and the Fundamentals of Electricity (Thursday). A highlight is the WIT RoboCar session which will tell the story of how eight third year WIT Electronic Engineering Students went from a miniature robot chasing a line to a full size car chasing a road.
On Thursday, 9 March a Table Quiz will run at WIT for secondary school students. The WIT Engineering Quiz is a fun quiz based on STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and General Knowledge. The quiz highlights the skills required to be an engineer (with rounds on science, maths etc.) A team from St Mary's (Mercy), New Ross will participate in Thursday’s table quiz.
Dr Ken Thomas, Head of the School of Engineering at WIT said that engineering offers a variety of exciting career options that are well paid. “One of the best ways for young people to discover that they’re suited to a future in engineering is to come along to our events during Engineers Week. We also welcome CAO applicants and parents to our CAO open evening on Tuesday, 4 April.
Commenting in advance of Engineers Week, Caroline Spillane, Director General of Engineers Ireland, said: “Now in its 11th year, Engineers Week is going from strength to strength and we want to once again engage new audiences and showcase the exciting world of contemporary engineering in Ireland.
“Participation in Engineers Week not only benefits the community, it also yields benefits for the individual engineer, the organisation, and the profession as a whole. Engineers have a key role in society solving global problems in areas like water management, infrastructure development, environmental sustainability, energy security and food supply. A career in engineering offers great diversity and I strongly urge residents in of the south east to get involved and attend events in their locality,” she continued.
Dr Ruth Freeman, Director of Strategy & Communications at Science Foundation Ireland, said: “Science Foundation Ireland is delighted to partner with Engineers Ireland for Engineers Week 2017. By supporting this national initiative, we are enabling engagement with young people, prompting them to consider the science and engineering in their everyday lives and inspiring them to explore career paths in these areas. I would encourage everyone in the south eastto get involved in Engineers Week and experience this exciting world.”
To find out more about events taking place around the country or to register an event visit www.engineersweek.ie. As well as events organised by companies, third-level institutions and the public sector, teachers are also encouraged to run their own classroom-based activities, quizzes and competitions. A full list of resources and activities are available on the Engineers Week website and www.w.it.ie/events.