We’re delighted to announce the winners of this year’s Engineers Week prizes. This year we offered two prizes: one for a student who took part in an Engineers Week event, and one for a school who organised their own classroom-based event or trip.
The student winner is 12-year-old David McElroy from Cootehill in Cavan, who wins a trip to the London Science Museum for himself and his family. David took part in a fun, interactive event organised by Abbott Nutrition.
On the Wednesday of Engineers Week, three volunteers from Abbott Nutrition – Kevin Brady, Marcus Pearson and Mary Mulcahy — visited 6th class students in St Michael’s primary school in Cootehill. The engineers gave an overview of engineering, the different types of jobs that engineers can do, and the travel opportunities engineers can enjoy (one of the engineers had just returned from Arizona).
After that the students took part in a filtration experiment, using soil, sand and contaminated water. A bridge-building activity followed; the students had to construct a ‘bridge’ to a certain spec, using paper and cups. Teachers and students alike gave very positive feedback, and the engineers enjoyed the day too.
The standard and number of schools organising their own Engineers Week events was very high this year, so the prize was awarded jointly to two schools: Ennistymon Vocational School and Ennistymon CBS.
The Clare schools will share the prize of a visiting show called Technology Rocks, presented by ‘Scientific Sue’, a well-known science communicator who has been working with Engineers Ireland’s STEPS programme for the past number of years. The show explores the science behind the electric guitar, highlighting how electricity and electromagnetism work together to produce sound.
Both schools showed great enthusiasm for Engineers Week, taking the initiative and organising their own events and activities, including guest speakers, field trips, experiments and workshops, career displays, and engineering-themed quizzes and treasure hunts. Among the organisations who took part in the schools’ events and helped make the week a success for them were Clare County Council, Vistakon, Conor Engineering, University of Limerick, LIT, and Moneypoint Power Station. Check out more photos of these events in the Gallery.
This was the biggest and best Engineers Week yet, with a whopping 497 events across the country. The dedication and commitment of some 1,800 volunteers from the engineering profession, supported by over 150 organisations, helped to make the week a huge success. Look out for case studies on some of the week’s events, coming soon to this website, and check out more photos of all events in the Gallery (more are still to come).