Case study: Engineers Week 2015 at Dundalk Institute of Technology (DKIT) with Semple & McKillop Ltd Consulting Engineers

Fact file

DSC_9467 (2)Who? Dundalk Institute of Technology is a 90 acre campus situated between Dublin and Belfast providing university-level higher education programmes.  DkIT are committed to the economic, social and cultural development of the region.

What?  DKIT in association with Semple & McKillop Ltd Consulting Engineers hosted a “Women in Engineering” careers event. The event was aimed at providing female students and teachers with a chance to meet engineers from industry, academia and professional organisations, and to find out why there is a need for more women engineers, provide an understanding of what engineering is, the requirements for studying engineering and the access routes to third level and beyond.

Where? School visits to local schools and site visit to DkIT

When? Monday 9th, Tuesday 10th, Wednesday 11th, Friday 13th     

Why? This year DkIT reached out to around 950 students to show them that engineering is at the heart of all our communities, from our communication networks and transport links to the medical devices which are helping cure and improve people’s lives. To provide ongoing support for the Engineers Ireland STEPS programme and Engineers Week 2015.

The details 

DSC_9395On Friday the 6th of February DKIT in association with Semple & McKillop Ltd Consulting Engineers hosted a “Women in Engineering” careers event. The event was aimed at providing female students and teachers with a chance to meet engineers from industry, academia and professional organisations, and to find out why there is a need for more women engineers, provide an understanding of what engineering is, the requirements for studying engineering and the access routes to third level and beyond. Ten engineering students and professionals and seventy female secondary school students from local schools took part in the event.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of Engineers Week saw lecturers from DkIT visit local primary schools to teach students how engineers make the world better and challenge the students to design, build and test their own bridges and towers. Over 240 students aged 8 to 12 got their chance to try some hands on engineering.

On Wednesday the 11th thirty seven secondary school students visited DkIT and were given their chance to try out the Civil, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering laboratories. The visitors got to see how DkIT students put engineering principles into practice with practical learning, and try out some of the state of the art equipment for themselves.

KNS4On Friday the 13th the School of Engineering at DkIT in association with Engineers Ireland ran a series of educational shows for primary schools. The shows were presented by Becca Smithers of Science Made Simple (http://www.sciencemadesimple.co.uk/) and the title of this year’s show was “Who Wants To Be a Superhero?”. The show’s aims were to introduce primary school pupils to the wide range of possibilities that may be available to them in years to come through science and engineering and to show them that scientists and engineers are people just like them! It illustrated just what exactly do scientists and engineers do? How do planes fly?  How can we see through the dust in space? How do engineers make playgrounds safer to play in?  How are they saving the planet? The show also covered gravity, forces, energy, light, space, the environment and materials. Three shows were presented during the day, with each show lasting 1 hour. In total just under 600 primary school pupils from 11 schools in Dundalk, Carlingford, Knockbridge, Ardee, Monasterboice, Drogheda and Navan attended.

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