Engineering activities

A selection of hands-on engineering activities that are suitable for primary and post-primary students. The activities include engineering connections, resource lists and instructions. These activities work well for groups during Engineers Week and are designed to be run by any teacher, parent, club leader or volunteer.


Eng-bot activity

Can you engineer a robot that scribbles on paper? Kit also available at STEM Educational.

Egg drop challenge

Can you design a system to protect an egg from cracking from a fall?

Rapunzel reading challenge

Rapunzel is ready to escape from her tower, can you help?

Engineers Week Gravity

Pupils investigate falling things, gravity and explore how falling objects may be slowed down.

Apple mummy
Bending water
Blowing out candles
Which way does the wind blow

Use techniques to preserve and protect foods (as Gaeilge).

Affect the flow of water using static electricity.

Blow out a candle around a bottle using the Coanda effect.

Design a sensor to collect data on wind direction.

Browse DiscoverE’s activity library and do hands-on engineering activities with students during Engineers Week. There are hundreds of activities to choose from.

DiscoverE have an extensive educational outreach program available to you to accompany Dream Big: Engineering Our World.  Engage students in hands-on engineering.

See it in the film and then try it for yourself!

Ten Hands-On Engineering Activities available that all have a connection to a story or theme in the Dream Big: Engineering Our World film.

Educational resources for your classroom

Dream Big is more than just a film. It’s an entire education program with resources to help enhance the learning from the film including lesson plans, education trailer and educational videos.

STEM educational

Are you looking for hands-on activities for your Engineers Week events? STEM Educational have a range of resources on offer for schools and event organisers. Their hands-on kits are designed specifically for the primary curriculum with full lesson plans and instructions.

Peter's Problem

It’s competition time! Are you a Transition Year student? Can you crack the code this Engineers Week?

Peters Problem is to have a ‘real-life’ problem which connects with a typical engineering problem. It is also designed so that computer resources may be used in its solution, including use of the Internet to access data required for the problem. The problem is set at the level of Ordinary Junior Certificate.

There are 21 problems to solve – so you better get cracking.

The closing date is Friday, March 8th, 2019, the end of Engineers Week

It’s very important to read the rules guidelines as this will give all interested parties the appropriate instructions