In addition to all the wonderful events aimed at schoolchildren during Engineers Week, we also encourage organisations to try to engage with families and the general public. For Engineers Week 2014, there are two key ways to do this: Family Fun Day and Inside Engineering Night.
Family Fun Day runs every year and sees organisations open their doors to welcome families in for a series of activities or events. Engineers Week 2014 begins on Sunday 9th February and ends on Saturday 15th February, so we’re inviting organisations to run family-friendly events on either of the two weekends.
For example, Lifetime Lab in Cork City aims to attract around 1,000 people on Saturday 15th February. “Admission is free and activities are themed around different engineering disciplines and run by volunteer engineers,” says Mervyn Horgan, manager of Lifetime Lab. “A full day of family fun is planned; children and adults alike can come and enjoy a series of interesting stands and activities to discover more about different forms of engineering. Activities will include programming LEGO robots, Giant Jenga, Snap Circuits, KNEX Construction Challenges, Legion Ireland, BCO Stardome, IMERC, EMC VEX robots make & do, face painting and lots, lots more.”
Meanwhile, Inside Engineering Night is a pilot series of events that will run on the Thursday evening of Engineers Week. The format is similar to Culture Night, but with an engineering focus. The idea is to bring people into buildings and facilities that are not normally open to the public, or to give an engineering-themed tour of a familiar place.
For example, the Young Engineers Society of Engineers Ireland plans to host a free ‘Smart City – Smart Campus’ tour of Trinity College Dublin’s campus on the evening of 13th February. “The tour will take in all things engineering and smart on the campus, from rainwater harvesting systems to green roofs, from bike sharing to electric vehicles, biodiversity ponds to green pubs, green data centres to the Science Gallery and many things in between,” says Joe Borza of the Young Engineers Society. (Event booking will open in January.)