Case study: Engineers Week 2014 at Bunclody Library, Wexford

A report from Bunclody Library:

Engineers Week (9-15 February 2014) was a great success at Bunclody Library.

Pascal Harte, lecturer in Sustainable Energy and Energy Management at Carlow Institute of Technology, provided two workshops for school children on Renewable Energy Engineering on Tuesday 11th February in the library.

Pascal explored the engineering behind creating renewable energy from sustainable sources such as tidal, wind and solar energy. The aim of the workshops was to get the children to develop their imagination and see how engineering components can be used to create energy.

Primary school children from Clohamon N.S. and Our Lady of Lourdes N.S., Bunclody and secondary students from Bunclody Vocational College attended the workshops. In all, 77 students and 5 teachers attended the workshops.

Feedback from the teachers was very positive. One teacher praised the “clear, informative, child-friendly content” and another appreciated that the content was “kept in simple terms for the age of the audience”.  Another teacher commented that “the children can understand the effect they can have on saving energy. The talk was informative on how engineering is involved in their every-day lives – very interesting and practical.” A secondary school teacher remarked that “the talk was very informative and relevant to the Junior Certificate Technology syllabus. It made good connections with engineering and the student’s life. Both teachers and students enjoyed it.”

Pascal Harte, Carlow IT, who gave the workshops, was delighted that all enjoyed the talk. Pascal provided the workshops on a volunteer basis, for which Bunclody Library is very grateful. All agreed that the talk was interesting, informative and child friendly. It is hoped that an interest in engineering has been sparked among the students.



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