The winners of this year’s Engineers Week prizes have just been announced. Two prizes were up for grabs: one for a student who took part in an Engineers Week event, and one for a school who organised their own event or classroom-based activities.
The student winner is 17-year-old Egle Janusauskaite from Kinsale Community School in Cork. Egle wins an iPad Air and a visit to her school by one of our STEM performers in April.
Egle and her classmates took part in an event organised by Eli Lilly (pictured right), where 50 students were invited on-site for a series of engineering-themed activities, including career talks, a poster session, a plant tour and engineering challenges. Read more about the Eli Lilly event in our case study.
This year’s school winner is St Peter’s Primary School in Bray. Ms Brennan’s 2nd Class and Ms Sexton’s 5th Class students wholeheartedly embraced the week, with activities ranging from experiments to the use of Electric Paint to investigate circuits, to a podcast exploring different types of engineering. The week at St Peter’s was captured through photos, video and audio on the school’s colourful blog.
Congratulations to Ms Sexton and Ms Brennan and everyone who took part at St Peter’s. Their prize is a visit to the school from a STEM show in April.
Ms Sexton said: “Our students really enjoyed their experience of Engineers Week. We noticed that it expanded their understanding of engineering from just ‘cars’. We feel that the week provided a realistic and practical insight into the life of the engineer and [we] have presented engineering as an exciting and interesting career choice.”
Engineers Week 2014 was a great success overall, with 500 events nationwide, 36,000 participants, and 2,200 volunteer engineers involved.