Engineering a path to the future

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• 2930 students, from across both primary and secondary schools, took part in Intel sponsored activities as part of Engineers Week 2015

• 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 1500 primary school students from Clare, Tipperary, Kildare, Dublin, Westmeath, Meath, Laois, Offaly, Limerick and Roscommon took part in the ‘Intel Engineering Challenge’

• A further 1050 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 Ruth Perkins of ‘Science Made Simple’

• A number of other students took part in Intel engineering presentations at their schools as well as a special ‘Women in Technology’ forum which was hosted at the Intel campus in Leixlip

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Last week almost 2930 students, from across both primary and secondary schools, took part in Intel sponsored activities as part of Engineers Week 2014.

Engineers Week, a week long program of nationwide events with the aim of celebrating the world of engineering in Ireland, took place from February 8th to 14th 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.

Throughout Engineers Week 1550 primary school students from Clare, Tipperary, Kildare, Dublin, Westmeath, Meath, Laois, Offaly, Limerick 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 space rocket from recycled materials. The children were encouraged to be as creative and innovative as possible. 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 rockets.

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 February 11th ore than 1000 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 Ruth Perkins of ‘Science Made Simple’. The colorful and lively shows covered a number of exciting topics with attendees including how engineers design cars that go hundreds of miles an hour, building structures that can survive earthquakes, and cooking food by using only Mirrors! This careers driven show aimed to introduce students to the wide range of careers available in engineering, and to show them that they can aspire to be engineers too.

On Thursday February 12th a number of students from Confey Community College in Leixlip and Scoil Bhride in Clondalkin took part in a special ‘Women in Technology’ forum which was hosted at the Intel campus in Leixlip. The students had the chance to hear from Intel engineers along with Intel Women in Technology scholars who are currently engaged in undergraduate engineering degrees about their own experiences, career choices and advice for young people as they consider their career options.

Speaking about Intel’s participation in Engineers Week 2015, Sarah Sexton, Head of STEM Programs at Intel Ireland said, “With more than 43,000 engineers around the globe, engineering is truly the lifeblood of all that is possible at Intel. 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 Ireland’s’ 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 2015

Schools participating in the 2015 Intel Engineering Challenge were as follows:

• Catholic University School, Dublin 2

• Alexandra College, Dublin 6

• Dunboyne Primary School, Co. Meath

• St Seachnall’s, NS, Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath

• Scoil Uí Riada, Kilcock, Co. Kildare

• Ballylinan National School, Co. Laois

• Scoil Mhuire, Leixlip, Co. Kildare

• St Mary’s Convent, Naas, Co. Kildare

• St. Mochta’s, Clonsilla, Dublin 15

• St. Peter’s National School, Dunboyne, Co. Meath

• Abbey NS, Co. Roscommon

• St Fintans National School, Co. Dublin

• Holy Childs Boys National School, Dublin 9

• Gaelscoil Uí Fhiaich, Maynooth, Co. Kildare

• Belgrove BNS, Dublin 3

• Belgrove GNS, Dublin 3

• Kill National School, Co. Meath

• Griffin Barrack School, Dublin 8

• Ard Ri CNS, Navan, Co. Meath

• Coill Dubh NS, Naas, Co. Kildare

• Scoil Bhride, Tullamore, Co. Offaly

• St Francis Primary School, Rochfortbridge, Co. Westmeath

• Newtown NS, Co. Meath

• Cratloe N.S., Co. Clare

• Knockanean NS, Co. Clare

• Maria Auxiliatrix Salesian Primary, Co. Limerick

• Scoil An Spioraid Naoimh, Co. Limerick

• Scoil Íde Naofa, Co. Limerick

• St. Mary’s NS, Bishop St., Co. Limerick

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More than 1500 students took part in Intel Engineering challenges throughout the week

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Students built Rockets from a variety of materials as part of their Engineering Challenges


Further Information

About Intel

Intel is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices.

Additional information about Intel is available at:

Web – intel.ie |  Twitter – @Intel_IRL  |  Facebook – Intel Ireland


Media contact: Sarah Sexton sarah.sexton@intel.com  | + 353 1 606 8537


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