|Sue McGrath, Science2Life, addresses the excited
students during one the Electric Magnetic
Engineering Shows at Intel Ireland
Engineers Week is a week long program of nationwide events with the aim of celebrating the world of engineering in Ireland and creating enthusiasm about the engineering profession to people of various ages. Engineers Week 2010 took place this week for the fourth successive year. The week itself included a wide variety of free interactive events all around the country including robot workshops, rocket building and launching, knex-challenge marathons etc.
On Thursday, February 11th, Intel Ireland opened its doors to more than 1,000 Primary school children from the Kildare and Dublin regions, who participated in Electric Magnetic Engineering Shows which were held at 3 different times throughout the day in Intel’s Auditorium facility.
The hour long show, which is delivered by Sue McGrath from Science2Life, takes children on a journey of discovery, learning about forces through a series of cool experiments that demonstrate how forces affect speed, shape and direction. The show aims to amaze students at how engineers use these forces in the world around them.
Eager children began arriving to Intel 9.30am and took their seats in the auditorium where there was a constant buzz amongst the audience at each of the shows and enthusiastic participation which could be heard from all around. Feedback from students, teachers and parents alike as they departed was overwhelmingly positive with children talking excitedly about the different parts of the show.
Sarah Sexton, Intel’s External Relations Specialist was delighted that Intel could be a part of National Engineers Week, “The shows held at Intel have been a great success and the enthusiasm which was generated amongst the children was fantastic. Intel is delighted to be part of raising positive awareness about the engineering profession”.
During Engineers Week 2009 more than 19,500 people and over 80 organisations took part in events nationwide and it is expected that participation in this year events around the country will surpass those figures.
Engineers’ Week is run by Engineers Ireland as part of the STEPS to engineering program. STEPS was established 10 years ago in order to encourage primary and post primary students to explore the world of science and engineering.
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