- Last week more than 500 students, from across both primary and secondary schools, visited the Intel campus to take part in events being held to coincide with Engineers Week 2013
- Engineers Week, a week long program of nationwide events with the aim of celebrating the world of engineering in Ireland, took place from February 25th to March 3rd
- Students took part in the Intel Engineering Challenge and the ‘Secrets, Lies and Mathematics’ workshop. Intel employees also visited a number of schools during the week to share their engineering experiences
Last week more than 500 students, from across both primary and secondary schools, visited the Intel campus to take part in events being held to coincide with Engineers Week 2013.
Engineers Week, a week long program of nationwide events with the aim of celebrating the world of engineering in Ireland, took place from February 25th to March 3rd. The events, which took place in a range of different venues including castles, libraries and heritage centres are an important part of creating a positive awareness and sparking enthusiasm about the engineering profession to people of various ages with little or no engineering background.
On February 27th a group of 120 local students visited the Intel campus in Leixlip to take 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 3rd and 4th class students from Scoil Mochua, Celbridge, St. Finian’s NS, Newcastle, and Scoil an Linbh Iosa in Prosperous designed and built an impressive collection of rockets with 4 teams being selected as prize winners on the day by Intel judges.
On Friday March 1st almost 400 second level students took part in ‘Secrets, Lies and Mathematics’, a specially designed, interactive maths workshop which allows students to discover code breaking, hidden patterns and magic in maths. The workshop, which is delivered by Steve Humble, aka ‘Dr.Maths’, gave students in attendance the opportunity to explore maths in fun and entertaining ways.
Also during Engineers Week a number of Intel employees visited schools to talk to students about the engineering profession, to share with them the type of work that Intel does and to tell them about their own 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.
Speaking about Intel’s participation in Engineers Week 2013, Intel Ireland Communications Manager Sarah Sexton said, “With more than 43,000 engineers around the globe, engineering is the lifeblood of all that is possible at Intel. Ensuring that there is a strong pipeline of engineers into the future is hugely important to us and we are delighted to support efforts that encourage young people to understand more about engineering and to share 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.
Cathal Ennis aged 10 from Scoil an Linbh Iosa pictured at the Intel Engineering Challenge
Cara Adderley, Erin Ruddy, Carlo Healy and Eoghan Wall from Scoil Mochua in Cellbridge pictured at the Intel Engineering Challenge
Suzanne Nienkowska and Lauren Kiernan from St.Finnians School in Newcastle Co.Dublin pictured at the Intel Engineering Challenge
Further images from the event can be found here: Intel Engineering Challenge 2013 – a set on Flickr
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