Teachers in Tipperary urged to take The Engineers Week Challenge

Excite and inspire Ireland’s future engineers in the classroom

Engineering Transition Year programme now open for applications

Engineers Ireland is calling on primary and secondary school teachers in Tipperary to take the Engineers Week Challenge and bring the world of engineering alive in their classroom during Engineers Week, a seven day programme of nationwide events celebrating the world of engineering in Ireland.

Taking place from 24th February – 2nd March, the annual event is coordinated on a national basis by Engineers Ireland’s STEPS programme – funded under Science Foundation Ireland’s Discover Programme Call.

As part of the Engineers Week 2018 campaign, Engineers Ireland has made multiple copies of the Dream Big: Engineering Our World movie available to secondary school teachers and event organisers around the country. Narrated by Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges, Dream Big showcases engineering’s impressive impact on our world and our lives, from the Great Wall of China and the world’s tallest buildings, to underwater robots, solar cars and smart, sustainable cities. To register your interest in screening the movie, visit www.engineersweek.ie

A selection of hands-on engineering activities suitable for primary school students are also available to download for free on the Engineers Week website. These include an easy to use ‘Primary School Challenge’ pack which contains lots of ideas to help primary school teachers organise fun, hands-on and engaging challenges that will help get students involved in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

By registering a classroom activity and taking part, both primary and secondary school teachers will have access to an Engineers Week participation certificate and will also have the opportunity to win a fun, engaging STEM show or workshop for their school.

Transition Year students are also being encouraged to take part in the Engineering Your Future programme – a week long immersive programme which isdesigned to introduce 4th year students to the exciting and diverse world of engineering. Hosted by a number of colleges and companies around the country, the Engineering Your Future programme provides a week of exposure to the various engineering disciplines. Future engineers can apply for the programme by visiting www.steps.ie.

Commenting in advance of Engineers Week, Caroline Spillane, Director General of Engineers Ireland, said: “I would like to congratulate the increasing number of primary and secondary school teachers getting involved in Engineers Week and would encourage other schools to join us in helping school children to discover the fascinating world of engineering. I hope that as many schools as possible will take the Engineers Week Challenge, by downloading activity packs for their students or by inviting a local engineer to speak to students during this exciting week.

“Engineers Week is a chance for teachers and young people to find out more about the many career opportunities available within the engineering sector and encourage more students to pursue engineering at third-level because Ireland and the world needs more engineers. The Week also highlights how a career in engineering is accessible to all those who have an interest in the sector. There are many misconceptions about the ‘type of person’ who should pursue engineering and during Engineers Week we can show people that the world of engineering is open to everyone – girls, boys, creative thinkers, curious minds, problem-solvers and leaders,” she continued.

Dr Ruth Freeman, Director of Strategy and Communications at Science Foundation Ireland, said: “Science Foundation Ireland is delighted to support Engineers Week 2018 through the SFI Discover Programme, and to call on schools and teachers nationwide to get involved. Many of the careers that are available to teenagers today did not exist 10 years ago, and I’m sure there will be an even greater array of science and engineering-related roles in the future. People working in STEM in Ireland are already changing the face of the world; whether it is by making life-saving medicines and devices, developing clean energy solutions or creating other innovative technologies. STEM outreach initiatives like Engineers Week help to inspire young people to consider STEM career paths; however, encouragement in the classroom in these early years is critical to spark and support their curiosity.”

To download activity resources or to submit the details of any activities you and your class plan to complete, visit: www.engineersweek.ie.

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