Teachers in Longford urged to take the engineers week challenge

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Teachers in Longford urged to take the engineers week challenge

Teachers in Longford urged to take the engineers week challenge

Engineers Ireland wants primary and secondary school teachers in Longford to take part in the Engineers Week Challenge, a seven day programme of nationwide events celebrating the world of engineering in Ireland.

Taking place from February 24 to March 2, the event is being coordinated on a national basis by Engineers Ireland's STEPS programme and funded by Science Foundation Ireland’s Discover Programme Call.

The Dream Big: Engineering Our World movie is available to secondary school teachers and event organisers around the country. Narrated by Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges, Dream Big shows the impact engineering has on the world and includes examples from the Great Wall of China to underwater robots, solar cars and smart and sustainable cities.

There is a selection of hands-on engineering activities for primary school students are also available on the Engineers Week website. These is an easy to use ‘Primary School Challenge’ pack which contains lots of ideas to help primary school teachers have fun, hands-on and engaging challenges for their students that will get involved in science, technology, engineering and maths or STEM.

By taking part, 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 encouraged to take part in the Engineering Your Future programme this is a week long immersive programme which is designed 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.

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.”

Future engineers can apply for the programme by visiting www.steps.ie.

To register your interest in screening the movie The Dream Big: Engineering Our World, visit www.engineersweek.ie