Over 30 students from Ballaghameehan N.S., Rossinver, Co.Leitrim participated in Engineers Week 2017 on Thursday, March 9th through workshops ran by LotusWorks.
Engineers Week, which campaigns to inspire the next generation of engineers and excite students about the possibilities of Engineering as a diverse career, kicked off nationwide on Saturday, March 4th and ran until Friday, March 10th.
The week-long series of activities across the country, now in its 11th year, is held annually to promote engineering as a career and highlight the importance of the profession to Ireland. Engineers Week involves over 500 events nationwide including school visits, engineering shows, industry open days with 200 engineering organisations in the private and public sector and engages over 37,500 participants including primary and post-primary students, parents, teachers and volunteer engineers.
The pupils of Ballaghameehan N.S enjoyed an afternoon filled with engineering exposure brought to them by LotusWorkers. Delivered through games and challenges including a short presentation and activities the pupils were thrilled to partake. Commenting on the afternoon, school principal, Mary Dolan stated, “the future of engineering is in safe hands, the innovation and creativity of the pupils is so incredible to watch and learn from”.
Commenting in advance of Engineers Week, Caroline Spillane, Director General of Engineers Ireland, said: “Now in its 11th year, Engineers Week is going from strength to strength and we want to once again engage new audiences and showcase the exciting world of contemporary engineering in Ireland.
“Participation in Engineers Week not only benefits the community, it also yields benefits for the individual engineer, the organisation, and the profession as a whole. Engineers have a key role in society solving global problems in areas like water management, infrastructure development, environmental sustainability, energy security and food supply. A career in engineering offers great diversity and I strongly urge residents in the Northwest to get involved and attend events in their locality,” she continued.