Wanted: Engineering superheroes to inspire students to dream big and engineer Ireland of tomorrow
29 January 2019
GAA star, chartered engineer and engineering superhero, Tom Parsons pictured with Hollie (7)
Engineers Ireland is calling on engineering firms, companies big and small, libraries, local authorities, schools and colleges nationwide to get involved in Engineers Week 2019, a seven-day programme of nationwide events celebrating the world of engineering in Ireland.
Taking place from March 2-8, 2019, the annual event is co-ordinated on a national basis by Engineers Ireland’s STEPS programme – funded under Science Foundation Ireland through their SFI Discover Programme – and supported by industry leaders, Intel, Transport Infrastructure Ireland, Arup and ESB.
Importance of the profession to Ireland
Now its 13th year, Engineers Week is a campaign held annually to promote engineering as a career and the importance of the profession to Ireland.
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.
This year, the Engineers Ireland STEPS programme team aspires to bring Engineers Week to an even larger group of students throughout Ireland and will provide support, including free resources, for organisations interested in engaging directly with students to promote the significant contribution that engineers make to their local community.
The call to action has come in advance of the CAO deadline of Friday, February 1, which marks the application closing date for undergraduate courses in higher education institutions.
Engineers Ireland has urged sixth year students to choose a STEM related course – that is, science, technology, engineering and maths – and particularly engineering courses to meet future skills demand and economic growth.
The professional body for engineers in Ireland is also encouraging younger students, parents and their teachers to participate in Engineers Week activity.
‘Engineers in Ireland have never been more in demand’
Caroline Spillane, director general of Engineers Ireland, said: “Engineers in Ireland have never been more in demand. Our recent survey of members has predicted that more than 6,000 new jobs will be created in the engineering sector this year. Furthermore, a ready supply of talented engineers will also be fundamental to realising the ambitions of Project Ireland 2040.
“Engineers Week will bring the fascinating world of engineering to life in communities nationwide and will inspire today’s children to engineer the Ireland of tomorrow.
“I strongly urge our engineering community to get involved and showcase their profession to primary and secondary students in their locality and highlight the amazing ways Irish engineers are pushing the limits of ingenuity and innovation.”
Margie McCarthy, head of education and public engagement at Science Foundation Ireland, said: “Science Foundation Ireland is delighted to support Engineers Week 2019 through the SFI Discover Programme, under our commitment to make science, technology, engineering and maths accessible to all.
‘Consider the science and engineering in your everyday lives’
“By supporting this national initiative, we are encouraging young people to consider the science and engineering in their everyday lives, and engineers can play a crucial role in helping to inspire the next generation to explore careers in STEM. I would encourage everyone to get involved in Engineers Week 2019.”
Last year, in February and March 2018, 850 events were supported by 177 organisations and attended by more than 77,000 participants nationwide.
To find out more about events taking place around the country, download free resources or to register an event in your locality, 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.http://www.engineersjournal.ie/2019/01/29/wanted-engineering-superheroes-to-inspire-students-to-dream-big-and-engineer-ireland-of-tomorrow/http://www.engineersjournal.ie/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/a-aaaaasteps-1024x683.jpghttp://www.engineersjournal.ie/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/a-aaaaasteps-300x300.jpgNewseducation,engineers week,STEM,STEPS