Roughan & O’Donovan (ROD) celebrates Engineers Week every year by sending our younger engineers out of the office and into schools across Dublin to talk about their passion for engineering.
Our aim is to expand students' minds and get them talking, thinking and engaging with engineering.
We want to share our knowledge and enthusiasm with young people who, without role models, might otherwise discover their interest in engineering too late when they have made all the wrong decisions in terms of subject choices.
This year, we are also making a concerted effort to show female students why engineering is a career path worth considering.
Developing ideas through play and exploration
We are opening doors for students by making physics and engineering more accessible, showcasing the variety of engineering jobs out there and describing the qualities needed to succeed as an engineer, such as determination, an ability to communicate and to work in a team environment.
We are also giving them the chance to get ‘hands-on’ with engineering by setting them some everyday challenges designed to emphasise the creativity required in problem-solving.
Creativity and logic go hand in hand
The majority of young people go through school believing that engineering is only for those who are really good at maths and science.
Over the next week, we’ll be emphasising the creative aspects of engineering and showing that it is about solving problems not just equations.
For more on Engineers Week, see https://www.engineersweek.ie