Who? Waterways Ireland is a cross-border recreational body. Our function is to manage, maintain develop and restore specified inland navigable waterways, principally for recreational purposes.
What? Our engineering team and Education Officer facilitated a series of free site visits and workshops along the inland waterways. Both primary and secondary schools were invited to come along.
Where? Events took place across four navigations this year at Tarmonbarry Lock on the Shannon Navigation, Waterways Ireland Visitor Centre on the Grand Canal, Waterways Ireland Headquarters on the Erne System and Lock 6 Ballinamore on the Shannon-Erne Waterway.
When? Monday 9th, Tuesday 10th, Wednesday 11th, Thursday 12th & Friday 13th February 2015.
Why? Waterways Ireland has a wealth of engineering expertise across the seven inland waterways the body manages. By participating in Engineers Week we hope to provide learning experiences which are meaningful, engaging and stimulating, to inspire students to consider engineering as a career choice.
The event was an ideal opportunity to highlight the wide and varied range of work undertaken by the engineering staff of Waterways Ireland. Students attending showed a keen interest with lots of enthusiastic discussion and many questions to be answered!
Engineers Week is a platform to increase awareness of Waterways Ireland through engagement with students, parents and teachers.
Site visits and workshops took place across four of the inland waterways under the care of Waterways Ireland. A number of our engineering teams and our Education Officer worked together to facilitate the site visits. Participation in the initiative proved to be a very rewarding experience for all involved. Overall, 12 members of Waterways Ireland staff welcomed 21 schools and 610 school students to the inland waterways.
The students and engineers interacted very well during the presentations with lots of discussion and questions. Feedback from schools has been very positive with many expressing interest in attending the event next year. In fact a number of students have stated they wanted to become engineers in the future – so the event has inspired the next generation!