Engineers Week to inspire next generation of engineers
26 January 2015
Engineers Week, the annual campaign to inspire the next generation of engineers and excite students about the possibilities a career in engineering can offer, is taking place from Sunday 8th to Saturday 14th February.
During the week, themed ‘Engineering is for Everyone’, there will be hundreds of fun, informative and educational events happening around the country. Local authorities, libraries, third-level institutions and industry will open their doors to host events and activities, providing an insight into the diversity of engineering in Ireland today and highlighting the way in which engineering touches the everyday lives of all citizens.
John Power, director general of Engineers Ireland, believes it is vitally important that students and parents are educated about the ample opportunities in engineering. Power sees Engineers Week as an opportunity “to engage with pupils and spark their enthusiasm for engineering”.
“Engineers are in demand in Ireland because they are essential to the growth and development of our country,” he said. “In the past few decades, engineers have changed the world by creating the internet, mapping the human genome and helping to send astronauts into space. Right now, engineers are working on innovative projects from solar energy to synthetic organs, driverless cars to virtual reality headsets.”
Organisations including Waterways Ireland, Eircom, Imaginosity, IBM and many more will be participating in this year’s Engineers Week. Engineers Ireland has almost 400 events listed on its website already. Most events are free, however some require pre booking as places are limited and further information about events on nationwide can be found at EngineersWeek.ie
Who wants to be a superhero?
8th February, 11am-12pm; Engineers Ireland, Ballsbridge
Just what exactly do scientists and engineers do? How do planes fly? How can we see through the dust in space? How do engineers make playgrounds safer to play in? How are they saving the planet? This show aims to introduce primary school pupils to the wide range of careers available in science and engineering, and to show them that scientists and engineers are people just like them. This event is free but pre booking is essential as places are limited. Find out more here
Meet the Engineers Family Fun Day
14th February, 11am-4pm; Lifetime Lab, Cork
Lifetime Lab is celebrating Engineers Week 2015 with a special family fun day on Saturday February 14th. Admission is free and activities are themed around different engineering disciplines staffed by volunteer engineers. Activities include the Learn it LEGO Construction Challenge, LEGO building, KNEX, VEX IQ robotics, Roman re-enactments, and much more. Click here for more
Engineers Week 2014 attracted 36,000 participants and 2,200 volunteers to 500 events throughout 28 counties. The great thing about Engineers Week 2015 is that it is still not too late to get involved.
Engineers Ireland has been inundated with requests for school visits from volunteer engineers and are actively seeking engineers to volunteer to help meet this demand. Volunteering is a rewarding way to gain CPD credits and enhance your communication skills, as well as the enjoyment of engaging with the next generation of potential engineers. Full details of how to get involved, and how to find a school in your area, are available here.http://www.engineersjournal.ie/2015/01/26/engineers-week-inspire-next-generation-engineers/http://www.engineersjournal.ie/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/4.-Engineers-Week-8th-14th-February-1024x683.jpghttp://www.engineersjournal.ie/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/4.-Engineers-Week-8th-14th-February-300x300.jpgNewsCPD,education,engineers week,STEPS