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Engineers Week at Trinity College Dublin

Feb 19, 2015

The Engineers Ireland STEPS programme highlights the importance of engineering and the contribution that engineers make to Irish society. The annual showcase event for Engineers, Engineers Week, took place between the 8-14 February. On the 10th of February, Trinity College Dublin's School of Engineering organised an engineering event for primary school children. The aim of the event was to show that engineering is great fun.

Primary schools from the wider Dublin area were invited to travel to Trinity College Dublin for an event in the Printing House Hall. Students were given the chance to get some hands-on engineering experience by building simple gadgets out of low-cost materials. A particular favourite, the doodle bots, were made out of markers and coffee cups. Students also got a demonstration of the research activity within Trinity, namely, a thermal imaging camera showed how temperature can be visualized on screen. Students were amazed and intrigued by the various robots on display. The robots were designed and built at TCD by the robotics group. The demonstrations were given by Trinity postgraduate researchers.

On the day the schools that enjoyed the event were Glasnevin National School (with their principal, Aine Ni Ghiallain), St Joseph’s BNS, Terenure (with their teacher, Ms. Jan Molloy), and Our Lady of Victories BNS, (with their teacher, Mr Paddy Christie).

Dr Shaun McFadden, and Conor McGinn, Assistant Professors in the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, organized the event. Further information on Engineers Week and The STEPS initiative may be found on the Engineers Ireland Website.