Case study: Engineers Week 2014 at AOL Global Operations Ltd

Fact file

20140212_105323_resizedWho? AOL is a brand company, committed to continuously innovating, growing, and investing in brands and experiences that inform, entertain, and connect the world. AOL creates original content that engages audiences on a local and global scale. We are home to a number of well-known consumer brands including The Huffington Post, Engadget, TechCrunch and MapQuest and renowned advertising businesses including brands such as Advertising.com, ADTECH, Pictela and AOL On.

AOL has been based in Dublin for the past 16 years and currently employs over 180 people. Dublin is the development hub for Europe and works alongside sister development sites in New York, Dulles, Palo Alto and Frankfurt.

What? AOL held an on-site session at our office, where we invited a Primary School class from a local school into the office to undertake a Techie Treasure Hunt around the office.

Where? AOL Global Operations Ltd, Heuston South Quarter, Kilmainham, Dublin 8.

When? Wednesday February 12th

Why? To inspire students to consider engineering as a career choice, to make them more aware of the career choices available to them in the science and technology industry and to enlighten them on the fun one can have as a Software Engineer.

Although AOL Ireland predominately recruits technology engineers, we are really passionate about promoting the importance of math and all sciences to school level students so they can realize the vast spectrum of opportunities available to them in the industry once they complete school.

The details

20140212_120650_resizedWe organized a Techie Treasure Hunt around the AOL office, incorporating questions and clues relating to science, engineering and math.

The students were split into 4 groups with each group paired with 2 engineers as their group buddies. They then had to use the clues provided to navigate around the different floors of the office and whichever group answered all the questions correctly and in the time line won the hunt!

The clues involved the students working out math equations, picture rounds, brainteasers and balloons. We then brought all the students together at the end to enjoy some well earned pizza and learn more about what we do in AOL.

Twenty-three 5th class boys from a local school came to the office to partake in the event along with 25 AOL employees from the engineering teams and business support teams.

It was hard to tell who enjoyed it more – the kids or the employees! But either way it was a great success. It was a great way to get our engineering staff integrating and chatting with the kids about what they do on a daily basis using science, technology and math but in a fun environment. The level of interaction and connection between each group of students and staff was amazing to watch with everyone really getting involved.

We would definitely recommend Engineers Week to other organisations, and we definitely hope to get involved again next year.

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