Engineers Week, the annual campaign to inspire the next generation of engineers and excite students about the possibilities a career in engineering can offer, is taking place in Tipperary from Sunday, February 8 to Saturday 14.
During the week, themed â€˜Engineering is for Everyoneâ€™, there will be hundreds of fun, informative and educational events happening around the country.
Local authorities, libraries, third-level institutions and industry will open their doors to host events and activities, providing an insight into the diversity of engineering in Ireland today and highlighting the way in which engineering touches the everyday lives of all citizens. While there are over 500 organised events taking place, people can also organise their own event by availing of resources on the Engineers Week website, including workshop ideas, quizzes, trails and other activity suggestions suitable for primary and post-primary children.
In addition to in-company events, classroom workshops and volunteer visits to schools, Limerick Institute of Technology in Tipperary is hosting a fast-moving show for primary school students. The show entitled, â€˜Move It!â€™ explores the forces that allow people to move. During the show students will be amazed to discover how propellers can push us forward, how friction and air resistance can hold us back, how to inflate marshmallows using the pressure of the air and will witness the explosive power of rockets. This show will take place in LIT Tipperary School in Thurles on February 11 and 12. It is a free event and pre-booking is essential.
John Power, chartered engineer and director general, Engineers Ireland, said: â€œEngineers Week is now in its ninth year and it is encouraging to see a steady increase in the number of students choosing to study engineering at third level. Engineers are in demand in Ireland because they are essential to the growth and development of our country. In the past few decades, engineers have changed the world by creating the internet, mapping the human genome and helping to send astronauts into space. Right now, engineers are working on innovative projects from solar energy to synthetic organs, driverless cars to virtual reality headsets.â€
Mr Power continued, â€œStudents of engineering develop an invaluable set of skills that serve as a strong career foundation and it is important that we educate students and parents about the opportunities in engineering. Engineers Week allows us to engage with pupils and spark their enthusiasm for engineering. I encourage everyone to try and come along to at least one event during the week.â€