February 9th-13th was Engineered! A Week of Wonder, an annual week long series of events held to coincide with National Engineers week. The programme is coordinated by STEPS to engineering and is supported by Discover Science & Engineering and Engineers Ireland.
Intel in Leixlip hosted a number of events throughout the week to support the initiative, these included;
Primary school tours for local school children – everyday a class of primary school students took part in an interactive session hosted in the Intel Ireland Innovation Centre. The session included a robotic activity, a fun engineering challenge and a window tour of one of the Intel fabrication facilities.
On Wednesday, students from Scoil Thomaís, Castleknock, Scoil na Mainstreach, Celbridge and St Catherines, Cabra were invited on site to take part in a K’NEX challenge. The task was to create a rocket using K’NEX pieces. This fun and exciting activity incorporated innovative thinking as well as team work amongst the children, who worked in teams of three. The projects were then judged by Intel employees Lisa Harlow, Padraig O’ Murchu and Rory O’ Rorke who, after much deliberation selected their three winners;
1st Place: Joe O’ Boyle, Aaron Quinn and Niall Reynor (Scoil na Mainstreach)
2nd Place: Orla Mullins, Dahna Mc Millian and Fiona Shannon (Scoil Thomaís)
3rd Place: Ikenna Ezeugo, John Knowles and Nathan O’Connor (Scoil na Mainstreach)
The students were presented with their prizes by Intel Engineering Research Manager, Leonard Hobbs.
The week finished up on Friday with a robotics lecture given by Broadcaster, Writer and Academic, Noel Sharkey. Noel’s innovative and animated lecture discussed the consequences of robots entering our homes for domestic service, for harvesting our fruit, making our cars, milking our cows, performing surgery, and nursing us. The lecture was attended by employees as well as pupils from Scoil Mhuire, Clane, St Mary’s College, Naas and St. Wolstans, Celbridge. Following this, Intel employees Paul Comiskey and Lisa O’ Brien held a careers workshop for the students giving them an insight into the life of an engineer at Intel.
Sarah Sexton, Intel’s Corporate Affairs department, who co-ordinated the event commented that, “As one of Ireland’s leading hi-tech employers, we are delighted to be able to support National Engineers Week. It was a great opportunity to invite a large number of local students of all ages to share in the Week of Wonder activities hosted at Intel Ireland.”
For more information visit the Engineered! A Week of Wonder website.
Intel, the world leader in silicon innovation, develops technologies, products and initiatives to continually advance how people work and live. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com/pressroom.