More than 75,000 participants set to take part in 780 events nationwide - from hands-on engineering challenges in classrooms and libraries to onsite engineering tours and open days

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More than 75,000 participants, including young people, their parents, teachers, engineers and industry are set to take part in more than 780 events nationwide – from hands-on engineering challenges in classrooms and libraries to onsite engineering tours and open days – as part of Engineers Ireland’s Engineers Week 2018.

Starting on Saturday, February 24, and running until Friday, March 2, Engineers Week is co-ordinated by Engineers Ireland’s STEPS programme and funded under Science Foundation Ireland’s Discover programme Call.

The annual campaign aims to promote engineering as a career choice and the importance of the profession to Ireland.

L-R: Alannah Dodds (5); James Tisdall (6); Ana Tarbox (4); Emilia Tarbox (8); and Euan Dodds (7); with Sue McGrath

From Fenit to Cratloe and Blessington to Ballyshannon, engineers from all over Ireland will engage with their communities to showcase their profession to primary and secondary students in their locality, highlighting the amazing ways Irish engineers are pushing the limits of ingenuity, creativity and innovation.

Caroline Spillane, director general of Engineers Ireland, said that she was delighted that many of Ireland’s large engineering employers, local authority engineering divisions and engineering departments of Higher Education Institutes are involved in showcasing the work and the role of the engineer within their communities.

“Engineers Week, in this its 12th year, is reaching out to all facets of industry to showcase the exciting world of contemporary engineering,” Spillane said. “Engineering affects all aspects of life, from tangible works such as roads, bridges and flood defences, to heart stents and prostheses, as well as the invisible technology that supports our daily lives.”

Key activities for budding engineers


• 75,000 participants to take part in more than 780 Engineers Week events nationwide;
• Additional 2,700 free screenings of ‘Dream Big: Engineering our World’ scheduled;
• Engineering Superhero shows, Iron Man debates, Lego Challenges, sign-language movies and much more set to highlight the role of engineering in society to students nationwide;
• Family Fun Days set to take place in Co Galway and Co Dublin this weekend.

Spillane added: “The wealth of engineering talent in Ireland is rich and varied and we are delighted to see so many engineering organisations, libraries, schools and third-level institutions getting involved and showcasing the engineering profession to primary and secondary school students nationwide and inspiring today’s children to engineer the Ireland of tomorrow.”

The Irish Girl Guides and Engineers Ireland have teamed up to develop an education initiative that allows Guides and Brownies to earn engineering badges for the first time. Ailbhe Ward (8) is pictured with her badges

In addition to more than 780 Engineers Week events, there will be more than 2,700 free screenings of the movie ‘Dream Big: Engineering Our World’, narrated on screen by academy award-winner Jeff Bridges over the seven days in libraries, heritage centres, schools and arts centres.

‘Dream Big’ showcases engineering’s impressive impact on our world, from the Great Wall of China and the world’s tallest buildings, to underwater robots, solar cars and smart, sustainable cities.

Irish Girl Guides and Brownies throughout Ireland will also get the opportunity to earn engineering badges for the first time during Engineers Week thanks to collaboration between the Irish Girl Guides and Engineers Ireland.

The badges encourage young girls to work through a variety of fun, engineering challenges based on creative thinking, curiosity and teamwork to build an engineering mindset.

To find out more about events taking place as part of Engineers Week around the country see www.engineersweek.ie

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More than 75,000 participants, including young people, their parents, teachers, engineers and industry are set to take part in more than 780 events nationwide - from hands-on engineering challenges in classrooms and libraries to onsite engineering tours and open days - as part of Engineers Ireland’s Engineers Week 2018. Starting...