Students engineer a path to the future

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Almost 2500 students, from across both primary and secondary schools, took part in Intel sponsored activities as part of Engineers Week 2014
  • 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 1700 primary school students from Kildare, Meath, Dublin, Clare and Roscommon took part in the ‘Intel Engineering Challenge’
  • A further 750 primary and secondary school students had the chance to visit the Intel campus in Leixlip to take part in specially designed, interactive science shows delivered by the popular Sue McGrath, otherwise known as ‘Scientific Sue’

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Last week almost 2500 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 10th to 16th 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 more than 1700 primary school students from Kildare, Meath, Dublin, Clare 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 12th almost 750 primary and secondary school students had the chance to visit the Intel campus in Leixlip to take part in specially designed, interactive science shows delivered by the popular Sue McGrath, otherwise known as ‘Scientific Sue’. The colorful and lively shows introduce students to science in the world around them through a series of exciting and interactive demonstrations and stories with a number of surprises built in along the way.

Speaking about Intel’s participation in Engineers Week 2014, Intel Ireland Communications Manager Sarah Sexton 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 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 2014

Schools participating in the 2014 Intel Engineering Challenge were as follows:

•    Scoil Eoin Phoil, Leixlip, Co. Kildare

•    Scoil Bhride, Leixlip, Co. Kildare

•    Scoil Mhuire, Leixlip, Co. Kildare

•    San Carlo Junior and Senior NS, Leixlip, Co. Kildare

•    North Kildare Educate Together, Celbridge, Co. Kildare

•    St. Joseph’s BNS, Kilcock, Co. Kildare

•    Scoil Ui Fhiaich, Maynooth, Co. Kildare

•    Maynooth (St.Marys) BNS, Maynooth, Co. Kildare

•    St Patricks National School, Celbridge, Co. Kildare 

•    Scoil Mochua, Celbridge, Co. Kildare

•    Lucan BNS, Lucan, Co. Dublin

•    Scoil Mhuire Convent Primary, Co. Roscommon

•    Griffeen Valley Educate Together, Lucan, Co. Dublin

•    St  Pius X Boys National School, Terenure, Dublin

•    Dunboyne Junior and Senior NS, Dunboyne, Co. Meath

•    Newtown National School, Co. Meath

•    Stepping Stones School, Kilcloon, Co. Meath

•    Kilbaha N.S, Co. Clare

•    St. Brigids Straffan National School, Straffan, Co. Kildare

Schools participating in the 2014 Science Shows at Intel were as follows:

•    Gael-Choláiste Chill Dara, Naas, Co. Kildare

•    Kildare Town Community School, Co. Kildare

•    Holy Family Secondary School, Newbridge, Co. Kildare

•    Scoil Mhuire NS, Leixlip, Co. Kildare

•    Maynooth Post Primary, Maynooth, Co. Kildare

•    Arklow CBS, Co. Wicklow

•    Coláiste Cois Life, Lucan, Co. Dublin

•    Scoil Mochua, Celbridge, Co. Kildare

•    St. John’s College

•    St Wolstans, Celbridge, Co. Kildare

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Aine McKeon and Aine Ward, Brian Dietlmeier and Daniel Curran from Scoil Mochua in Cellbridge Co.Kildare take paer in the Intel Engineering Challenge
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Cara Adderley, Erin Ruddy, Carlo Healy and Eoghan Wall from Scoil Mochua in Cellbridge Co.Kildare pictured at the Intel Engineering Challenge

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Scientific Sue is pictured in action during Engineers Week

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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