- Almost 4000 students, from across both primary and secondary schools, took part in Intel sponsored activities as part of Engineers Week 2016
- Engineers Week is a week long program of nationwide events with the aim of celebrating the world of engineering in Ireland with events happening across the country in the aim of creating a positive awareness and sparking enthusiasm about the engineering profession
- Throughout Engineers Week more than 3,300 primary school students from Clare, Tipperary, Kildare, Dublin, Westmeath, Antrim, Meath, Louth, Offaly, Limerick, Cork, Sligo, Longford, Galway, Wicklow and Roscommon took part in the ‘Intel Engineering Challenge’.
- A further 600 primary and secondary school students had the chance to visit the Intel campus in Leixlip to take part in specially designed, interactive engineering show delivered by the popular David Price of ‘Science Made Simple’
- A group of students from Scoil Bhride in Clondalkin visited the Intel campus to take part in a special Women in Technology data analytics workshop
- In addition to these school outreach activities Intel ran an online social media campaign throughout Engineers Week and launched a new STEM video for students which gives an insight into how engineering plays an important role in our everyday lives
Last week almost 4000 students, from across both primary and secondary schools, took part in Intel sponsored activities as part of Engineers Week 2016.
Engineers Week, a week long program of nationwide events with the aim of celebrating the world of engineering in Ireland, took place from February 29th to March 6th with events happening across the country in the aim of creating a positive awareness and sparking enthusiasm about the engineering profession to people of various ages with little or no engineering background.
Encouraging the next generation of engineers
Throughout Engineers Week more than 3,300 primary school students from Clare, Tipperary, Kildare, Dublin, Westmeath, Antrim, Meath, Louth, Offaly, Limerick, Cork, Sligo, Longford, Galway, Wicklow and Roscommon took part in the ‘Intel Engineering Challenge’. The budding engineers were faced with an enjoyable and informative challenge of designing and building a bridge from recycled materials. The 2nd and 3rd class students completed the challenge in their schools with an Intel engineer on hand at each challenge to assist and mentor as the participants designed and built an impressive collection of bridges.
Having Intel employees in attendance at the schools gave them the opportunity to talk to students about the types of work they are involved in as an engineer, to share with them an insight into what Intel does and to tell them about their own specific job roles. This activity in particular is an important part of Engineers Week as it gave student the opportunity to understand first hand that engineering is an exciting and diverse career and the contributions of engineers to society and societal challenges.
On Wednesday March 2nd 600 primary and secondary school students had the chance to visit the Intel campus in Leixlip to take part in specially designed, interactive engineering shows delivered by David Price of ‘Science Made Simple’. The show was entitled ‘Engineering for Life’ and examined how engineering can let us see inside ourselves, make our lives safer, and push the boundaries of science. This exciting presentation, with lots of demonstrations and audience interaction, revealed how engineering improves our quality of life from before we’re born and included the likes of a live ultrasound scan, a showcase of how 3D printing can create a new hip joint and even how we can preserve our bodies after death.
On Friday March 4th a group of students from Scoil Bhride in Clondalkin visited the Intel campus to take part in a special Women in Technology data analytics workshop. The students had the chance to hear from Intel employees from both Intel Labs and Fab 24 about what ICT really is, how applications on the internet work, the thirst for and importance of data, the role of Intel within this, and giving them a taster of some of the skills they could go acquire and tying back to why Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) is important.
In addition to the school outreach program Intel ran an online social media campaign throughout Engineers Week which included taster posts into the various areas of engineering which are central to the Intel operations in Ireland as well as posts as part of the #ILookLikeAnEngineer campaign which is a movement that aspires to break the stereotypes placed on the engineering industry.
In addition to the social media campaign Intel launched a new STEM video for students during Engineers Week which gives an insight into how engineering plays an important role in our everyday lives. The New Video can be found on the Intel Ireland YouTube channel.
Celebrating Engineers Week across the world
Engineers Week Ireland comes just after a similar celebration took place in the US where nationwide activities are dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by
increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers. To coincide with the weeklong US celebration Intel’s Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer Danielle Brown wrote a blogpost reflecting on the possibilities of careers in engineering and how a diverse engineering workforce is critical to driving continued innovation and growth in our industry. Brown went on to say that “The skills of the workforce of the future will depend as much on curiosity, creation and design as technical aptitude”. Click here to read the full blog post.
Speaking about Intel’s participation in Engineers Week 2015, Sarah Sexton, Head of STEM Programs at Intel Ireland said, “At Intel we have more than 43,000 engineers right across the globe so engineering is truly the lifeblood of all that is possible for us as a company. We are passionate about ensuring that young people understand the opportunity of engineering and the significant role that it will play in shaping our ever changing world. We were excited to once again support Engineers Week and delighted that this has been our biggest year of participation to date. I hope that we have encouraged young people to understand more about engineering and have shared with them the opportunities available as part of this exciting profession”.
Engineers Irelands’ STEPS team coordinate Engineers Week and are responsible for the national promotion and the development of resource and promotional materials and partner liaison and communication.
Participating Schools 2016
Schools participating in the 2016 Intel Engineering Challenge were as follows:
- Newtown NS, Enfield, Co. Kildare
- Maynooth Educate Together NS, Co. Kildare
- North Kildare Educate Together National School, Co. Kildare
- Annes N.S. Ardclough, Co. Kildare
- Patrick’s N.S., Newbridge, Co. Kildare
- Mercy Convent, Naas, Co. Kildare
- Two Mile House NS, Naas, Co. Kildare
- Scoil Chearbhaill Uí Dhálaigh, Leixlip, Co. Kildare
- St Laurence’s NS, Sallins, Co. Kildare
- Scoil DIarmada, Castledermot, Co. Kildare
- Gaelscoil Uí Fhiaich, Maynooth, Co. Kildare
- Tiermohan NS, Donadee, Co. Kildare
- Bunscoil Bhríde, Rathangan, Co. Kildare
- St Oliver Plunkett National School, Killina, Co. Kildare
- St Pius X BNS, Terenure, Dublin 6
- Joseph’s, Clondalkin, Dublin 22
- St John The Evangelist, Adamstown, Co.Dublin
- Drimnagh Castle Primary, Walkinstown, Dublin 12
- Adamstown Castle Educate Together National School, Lucan, Co. Dublin
- Dympna’s N.S., Kildalkey, Co. Meath
- Whitecross Primary School, Julianstown, Co. Meath
- St Peter’s NS, Dunboyne, Co. Meath
- Scoil Oilibhéir Naofa, Kilcloon, Co. Meath
- Nicholas’ Primary school, Longwood, Co. Meath
- Scoil Chríost Rí, Clougleigh, Ennis, Co. Clare
- Kilmurry N.S., Ennis, Co. Clare
- CBS Primary School, Ennis, Co. Clare
- Gaelscoil Mhíchíl Cíosóg, Ennis Co Clare
- Finnachtas, Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare
- Knockanean National School, Ennis, Co. Clare
- Carron National school, Ennis, Co. Clare
- Monaleen National School, Castletroy, Co. Limerick
- Mary Queen of Ireland GNS, Co. Limerick
- Scoil Íde, Corbally, Co. Limerick
- Glenville National School, Co. Cork
- Johns Girls National School, Carrigaline, Co. Cork
- Whitegate NS, Midleton, Co. Cork
- Convent Primary School, Newport, Co Tipperary
- Ballina Primary School, Ballina, Co. Tipperary
- Moyne NS, Thurles, Co. Tipperary
- Paul’s NS Walshestown NS, Co. Louth
- Mary’s Parish Primary School, Bryanstown, Drogheda, Co. Louth
- Ballinagore NS, Co. Westmeath
- Scoil Chroi Naofa, Co. Westmeath
- St Ciaran’s Primary School Co. Antrim
- Mary’s & St. Gerard’s N.S. , Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow
- Scoil Muire Banríon, Edenderry BNS, Co. Offaly
- Abbey NS, Co. Roscommon
- Columbas NS, Cloonagh, Co. Longford
- Knockminna NS, Ballymote Co. Sligo
- Newcastle NS, Athenry, Co. Galway
Further images from the event are available at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/intel_irl/albums/72157664252464402
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