Who? Intel Ireland, computer giant
What? Intel Ireland held two separate events for Engineers Week. On every day of Engineers Week we had Intel volunteers go out to local schools to build rockets from recycled materials with 2nd and 3rd class students. Over the course of the week, we facilitated 20 schools. On Wednesday the 12th of February, we held three science shows, led by Scientific Sue, suitable for 1st and 2nd year students, to demonstrate elements of mechanical engineering. Over the course of the day, we facilitated approximately 750 students.
Where? The Rocket Challenges took place in local schools. Scientific Sue was held at the Intel Leixlip campus.
When? Rocket Challenges: Across the week. Scientific Sue: Wednesday Feb 12th
Why? Intel Ireland’s factory facility is made up of largely engineers. We particularly employ chemical and mechanical engineers. We wanted to encourage young and older students to see engineering and Intel as a viable future option.
The Rocket Challenges took place over the course of Engineers Week in local schools from areas such as Leixlip, Celbridge, Maynooth, Straffan and Kilcock, as well as some other areas in Kerry and Roscommon that were local schools of some other employees. In total, 20 schools took part in the Rocket Challenges. The Rocket Challenges were open to 2nd and 3rd class students and all challenges were facilitated by Intel employees, who gave up approx. 2 hours of their time for each challenge. In total, over 1,600 students took part in the Rocket Challenges.
Overall, there was a very positive reaction to our event. Teachers preferred that we visited their schools as there can be a lot of organisation in taking them out to visit somewhere. They also found the rocket challenge of great benefit as not only did it promote engineering, it also aided in the development of other important skills such as teamwork and creativity.
From looking at the feedback from volunteers, all students seemed to thoroughly enjoy the experience and had great fun, as well as learning a couple of things about engineering. All volunteers were very positively affected by the challenges, and all volunteers had a great time at the schools.
On Wednesday, Feb 12th, Scientific Sue was on site. We invited a number of 1st and 2nd year students from schools in Kildare to come to the Intel campus to see Sue perform. In total, we hosted over 750 students on site across three shows on this day. The shows were monitored by two Intel volunteers and security was also present on the day to ensure students and teachers were received on and off site safely.
The response was also very positive from this event. The show was highly interactive and kept the audience engaged from start to finish and gave a real insight into chemical engineering. The volunteers were also highly impressed with the show.
We would be hopeful to get involved with Engineers week 2015.