Engineers Week is back.
From 29 February to 6 March, ten of our young engineers, scientists and technicians will be visiting schools across Dublin to help students connect what they learn in the classroom with the world around them and the opportunities offered by a career in engineering.
With challenges and games designed to fire the imagination, and talks focused on invention and discovery, our volunteers are hoping to dispel the stereotypes – ‘engineering involves getting your hands dirty’, ‘it’s about fixing things’, ‘it’s not for girls’ – and show young people that engineering is fascinating and fun.
Our team will also be talking about their own paths into engineering and how studying the right STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects has opened up a world of possibilities for them in terms of their careers.
From designing bridges, buildings and roads, to protecting the environment and researching solutions to climate change, it’s all in a day’s work at ROD.
“We encourage our young engineers, scientists and technicians to get involved in the Engineers Week initiative,” says Ed Warren, ROD’s CPD Manager. “It is a good way for them to make a contribution to the wider engineering community and teaches them to think on their feet. If you set an engineering challenge for a class of thirty eight-year-olds and it’s not working, they’ll soon let you know.”
“Our Engineers Week volunteers get to lead teams, manage tight deadlines and work on challenging projects, all very early in their careers. So, I’m hoping that at the end of their school visits, they’ll leave behind a queue of potential young engineers and scientists eagerly asking “how?”, “what?” and “why?”.”
For more information about Engineers Week, visit www.engineersweek.ie