- Over 600 students travel to the Intel campus in Leixlip, Co. Kildare to participate in EirGrid’s schools science programme – “Understanding Electricity – From Power Station to PlayStation”
- The programme, designed to help students develop an appreciation of the impact that electricity has on our lives and environment, is taking place to mark the celebration this week of Maths Week Ireland and Responsible Business Week
On October 16th over 600 local students travelled to the Intel campus in Leixlip, Co. Kildare to participate in EirGrid’s schools science programme – “Understanding Electricity – From Power Station to PlayStation.”
This dynamic, vibrant and interactive show is based on the electricity module of the junior cycle science curriculum, with particular emphasis placed on practical experience and audience participation and is free to attendees.
It aims to help students develop an appreciation of the impact that electricity has on our lives and environment. The programme was devised by EirGrid, the state-owned operator of the national transmission network, as part of the company’s support programme for Dublin City of Science 2012.
Upon arrival, students viewed a number of electricity related experiments before EirGrid engineers presented a 45 minute show demonstrating a number of experiments including; static electricity, batteries and circuits, electromagnetism, renewable energy and transmission.
“Intel is one of EirGrid’s largest and most important customers, and is directly connected to the electricity transmission grid which EirGrid operates, so this synergy between the two organisations emphasises the importance of a secure and reliable supply of electricity to the economic health of Ireland” said EirGrid CEO Fintan Slye who attended the event.
Speaking about the programme, he went on to say “This is a great opportunity for the EirGrid and Intel teams to showcase their knowledge and a great opportunity also for the school children of Kildare, Dublin, Meath and Wicklow. We have some of the brightest engineering minds in the country working in our organisations and we are excited to be in a position to include these schools in this highly innovative national programme”.
Padraig O’Murchu, Education Manager at Intel Ireland, also commented “We are delighted to partner with EirGrid to support the delivery of this innovative and exciting programme to such a large number of students. It is so important for young people to appreciate the relevance of science in the world around them and to experience learning in a new environment. As we celebrate Maths Week Ireland and also Responsible Business Week we are reminded of the important role that organisations such as Intel and EirGrid play in inspiring the next generation of innovators through outreach programmes such as this one”.
Students from the following schools participated in the programme:
- Coláiste Phadraig CBS, Lucan, Co. Dublin
- St. Josephs College, Lucan, Co. Dublin
- Scoil Chonglais, Baltinglass, Co.Wicklow
- Plunkett College, Whitehall, Dublin 9
- Coláiste Pobail Setanta, Clonee, Co. Meath
- Coláiste Bride, Clondalkin, Co. Dublin
Intel’s support of the EirGrid programme forms part of a series of events and projects taking place to mark Responsible Business Week which is now in its 6th year and is organised by Business in the Community Ireland. Responsible Business Week is designed to raise the profile of responsible business practices and define the urgent issues business needs to address in the areas of community, workplace and sustainability.
The delivery of the programme is also particularly fitting as we this week mark Maths Week Ireland, an all-Ireland celebration of Maths that promotes, awareness, appreciation and understanding of maths through a huge variety of events and activities.
EirGrid plc is a leading Irish energy business, dedicated to the provision of transmission and market services for the benefit of electricity consumers. It is a state-owned commercial company.
EirGrid is committed to delivering high quality services to all customers, including generators, suppliers and consumers across the high voltage electricity system and via the efficient operation of the wholesale power market. It puts in place the grid infrastructure needed to support competition in energy, to promote economic growth, to facilitate more renewable energy, and to provide essential services.
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.
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