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Engineering Week 2019

Engineering
Engineering Week 2019
Date:
Time: All Day
Location: WIT (various locations)

The School of Engineering at WIT organises its annual Engineering Week from Saturday 2 to Friday 8 March 2019 to coincide with the national event.

During the Engineering week the School of Engineering shows the importance of engineering in our lives. It is also a chance for primary and secondary pupils to engage in activities that promote creative problem solving, design and highlight the importance of science and maths. There will be a range of workshops, lectures and presentations for primary and secondary schools and an engineering quiz.

Find out more

Calmast website
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Facebook: @stemreach
Twitter: @CalmastWIT

It’s all done with mirrors (3rd to 6th class primary)
Magic Science and Engineering Show

Date Times Venue
Monday 26 February 9.45   – 10.45 am (3rd/4th class)
11:15 – 12:15 pm (5th/6th class)
12:45 – 13:45 pm (5th/6th class)
Auditorium

Dr. Ken Farquhar blends spectacular magic tricks, illusions and stunts with extraordinary science and engineering. But how’s it done? Is it trapped doors, mirrors or camera effects?  Everyone has their own theory, but more may be revealed! Quirky stunts and illusions will be performed in this show, the audience will discover science and explore engineering.


Drones at lunchtime

Date Time Venue
Monday 26 February 12:30 - 14:00 pm Atrium

Stop by the Atrium during lunchtime to enjoy a Drone demo. Multiple drones will be flying around in the Atrium.


Electric devices – Make and take (5th/6th class primary)
Workshops will run each day – Monday to Friday

Dates Times Venue
Monday 26 February to Friday 2 March 10:00 – 11:00 am
12:00 – 13:00 pm
FTG 25

In this workshop participants learn about electricity, electric devices and electrical engineering. The demonstrations and hands-on activities will give the pupils a good understanding of the area. At the end of the workshop, participants get to take their devices home - a unique chance to explore further and learn more about the workings of an electric device!


Structures (5th/6th class primary)
Workshops will run four days – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Dates Times Venue
Monday 26 February  
Tuesday 27 February
Thrusday 1 March  
Friday 2 March
10:00 – 11:00 am
12:00 – 13:00 pm
C30

Participants learn about structures, how they stay up and what keeps them together. After an initial demonstration talk about materials and forces, the pupils will be challenged to build certain structures using very simple materials. They are encouraged to consider a variety of materials, the strength of those materials and the forces that act on them. 

Junior Cert Heat and its Applications in Engineering
(max 180 participants, Junior Cycle)

Date Time Venue Presenter
Tuesday 27 February 10:00 – 11:00 am Auditorium Eoin Gill

We all think we know about heat. But there are also a lot of misconceptions out there. This interactive presentation will explore heat as a form of energy. In addition your pupils will be introduced to the practical ways that engineers harness heat in our modern world - all with reference to the Junior Cert curriculum. 

We will learn how we produce heat from fuels and mechanical energy and how in turn we use heat to create mechanical energy in engines and subsequently electricity. There will be lots of demonstrations and participation and also issues of climate change and responsible energy usage will be highlighted. This talk will be a good refresher for pupils that have covered heat already and a good overview for those that have yet to cover it.


Electric devices – Make and take (5th/6th class primary)
Workshops will run each day – Monday to Friday

Dates Times Venue
Monday 26 February to Friday 2 March 10:00 – 11:00 am
12:00 – 13:00 pm
FTG 25

In this workshop participants learn about electricity, electric devices and electrical engineering. The demonstrations and hands-on activities will give the pupils a good understanding of the area. At the end of the workshop, participants get to take their devices home - a unique chance to explore further and learn more about the workings of an electric device!


Structures (5th/6th class primary)
Workshops will run four days – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Dates Times Venue
Monday 26 February
Tuesday 27 February
Thrusday 1 March
Friday 2 March
10:00 – 11:00 am
12:00 – 13:00 pm
C30

Participants learn about structures, how they stay up and what keeps them together. After an initial demonstration talk about materials and forces, the pupils will be challenged to build certain structures using very simple materials. They are encouraged to consider a variety of materials, the strength of those materials and the forces that act on them. 


The Secret Maths of Your Smartphone
(Max 30 participants, Junior Cycle)

Dates Time Venue Presenter
Tuesday 27 February
Wednesday 28 February
13:30 – 14:30 pm FTG 25​ Sian Hanley
Jowita Pleskot

In this fun and informative talk, Jowita Pleskot (mathematician) and Sian Hanley (engineer) trace the evolution of modern smartphones and computers from their origins in the development of the binary numbering system in 1679, through Boolean algebra, all the way to the emergence of transistors in the last century.

The talk includes engaging and interactive challenges for participants. We explore the breakthroughs and eureka moments that made the hardware of the information age possible and ask: what are the future directions for these technologies? 

WIT Secondary Schools Engineering Team Challenge 2018
(6 teams of 3 students; TY, Senior Cycle)

Date Time Venue
Wednesday 28 February 9:30 am – 15:15 pm Atrium, Cork Rd Campus WIT

This fast paced team Engineering Challenge will take place in WIT on Wednesday 28th February. Each School team (3 students) will be joined by a 3rd or 4th year Engineering Student from WIT.  Teams will be challenged to develop an engineering based solution for a local project/ activity. Teams will first be briefed by WIT Lecturers and Judges on the challenge they must undertake and will then be given 3 hours to work together to come up with a solution to the challenge and prepare an 8 minute pitch (using power point slides). PC’s and Internet access will be available to the teams.

Each School wishing to take part should select one team of 3 students from transition year, 5th or 6th year. Students need not necessarily be studying an engineering subject, indeed a team with a spread of subjects such as, Maths, Business/ Finance, Science, Technology and Engineering etc. might work better.

Each team will present their final pitch to the judges on Wednesday afternoon and will be required to answer questions from the judges. The winning team will be presented with the WIT Schools Engineering Challenge Trophy and a prize. Parents, teachers and fellow students will be free to attend the presentations and award ceremony in the WIT atrium from 1:45 – 3:15 pm.

Places for the competition are limited and will be offered on a first come first served basis.


Electric devices – Make and take (5th/6th class primary)
Workshops will run each day – Monday to Friday

Dates Times Venue
Monday 26 February to Friday 2 March 10:00 – 11:00 am
12:00 – 13:00 pm
FTG 25

In this workshop participants learn about electricity, electric devices and electrical engineering. The demonstrations and hands-on activities will give the pupils a good understanding of the area. At the end of the workshop, participants get to take their devices home - a unique chance to explore further and learn more about the workings of an electric device!


The Secret Maths of Your Smartphone
(Max 30 participants, Junior Cycle)

Dates Time Venue Presenter
Tuesday 27 February
Wednesday 28 February
13:30 – 14:30 pm FTG 25​ Sian Hanley
Jowita Pleskot

In this fun and informative talk, Jowita Pleskot (mathematician) and Sian Hanley (engineer) trace the evolution of modern smartphones and computers from their origins in the development of the binary numbering system in 1679, through Boolean algebra, all the way to the emergence of transistors in the last century.

The talk includes engaging and interactive challenges for participants. We explore the breakthroughs and eureka moments that made the hardware of the information age possible and ask: what are the future directions for these technologies? 

Junior Drone Pilot Course
(Max 20 participants. Min. age 12 years old.)

Date Time Venue
Thusday 1 March 9:00 - 11:00 am C34

Following up on the Drone demo on Monday 26 February, staff and students now get the chance to fly a drone themselves in this Drone Pilot Course. Minimum age to participate is 12 years old.


Electric devices – Make and take (5th/6th class primary)
Workshops will run each day – Monday to Friday

Dates Times Venue
Monday 26 February to Friday 2 March 10:00 – 11:00 am
12:00 – 13:00 pm
FTG 25

In this workshop participants learn about electricity, electric devices and electrical engineering. The demonstrations and hands-on activities will give the pupils a good understanding of the area. At the end of the workshop, participants get to take their devices home - a unique chance to explore further and learn more about the workings of an electric device!


Structures (5th/6th class primary)
Workshops will run four days – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Dates Times Venue
Monday 26 February
Tuesday 27 February
Thrusday 1 March
Friday 2 March
10:00 – 11:00 am
12:00 – 13:00 pm
C30

Participants learn about structures, how they stay up and what keeps them together. After an initial demonstration talk about materials and forces, the pupils will be challenged to build certain structures using very simple materials. They are encouraged to consider a variety of materials, the strength of those materials and the forces that act on them. 


Engineering Quiz
(20 teams of four students; TY, 5th year)

Date Time Venue
Thursday 1 March 11:30 am – 13:30 pm Auditorium

The WIT Engineering Quiz is a fun quiz based on STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and General Knowledge. The quiz highlights the skills required to be an engineer (with rounds on science, maths etc.) and the structure of the event will ensure your pupils will have an enjoyable experience.

The event will also provide information on engineering careers in general. The level of the Maths and Science questions will be appropriate to students who have completed the Junior Cert syllabus.

Places are limited to 20 teams of four. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place and there will also be spot prizes. Teams of four from 5th year or transition year are invited to participate.


Walking With Robots
(Max 30 participants, Junior Cycle)

Date Time Venue Presenter
Thursday 1 March 11:00 am – 13:00 pm
(exhibition open until 15:00 pm)
Atrium,
Cork Rd Campus WIT
Jason Berry

An interactive workshop with the WIT Engineering applied robotics lab, led by lecturer Jason Berry. This exciting workshop will include test driving the new Heavy weight RobotWARs and other interactive exhibits. Your class will spend 2 hrs working with WIT students and get to see and interact with this year’s new robotic projects.


Can Renewable Energy and Batteries Power our Lives?
(Max 30 participants, Junior Cycle)

Date Time Venue Presenter
Thursday 1 March 13:30 – 14:30 pm FTG 25 Dr Andrea Bourke

This interactive presentation will look at the potential for renewable energy to power our lives. Demand for energy may not match the generation of renewable energy and advances in battery technology may be able to solve many of these problems. This is a great opportunity for your pupils to explore a topic that will have huge impact on their future lives such as climate change, energy generation and battery technology.

Andrea Bourke completed a PhD in battery technology and has been a post-doctoral researcher in the US. She is a lecturer in WIT’s School of Engineering Department of Built Environment.

Dream Big!
(Max 180 participants, TY and Senior Cycle)

Date Time Venue Presenter
Friday 2 March 2018 10:00 – 11:00 am Auditorium Dr Niamh Shaw

Dr Niamh Shaw is an Irish engineer, scientist and performer. She is passionate about igniting people’s curiosity and particularly interested in doing this by combining creativity with science and engineering topics.

Using logic & creative thinking she wants to presents the human story behind engineering, to change people’s perceptions of these subjects and to show how engineering and curiosity is ingrained in every aspect of our lives. Niamh was a recent guest on the Tommy Tiernan show.

Further details: niamhshaw.ie


Women in Engineering 
(Max 180 participants, TY and Senior Cycle)

Date Time Venue Presenter
Friday 2 March 2018 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Auditorium Panel of Local Female Engineers

Dr Niamh Shaw will be joined by women engineers from local companies to promote women in engineering. Talking about their passion for engineering, their career choices and their achievements, the panel will inspire and encourage their audience. TY and Senior Cycle students will get a taste of the large variety of possibilities and opportunities in engineering in the region and further afield.


Electric devices – Make and take (5th/6th class primary)
Workshops will run each day – Monday to Friday

Dates Times Venue
Monday 26 February to Friday 2 March 10:00 – 11:00 am
12:00 – 13:00 pm
FTG 25

In this workshop participants learn about electricity, electric devices and electrical engineering. The demonstrations and hands-on activities will give the pupils a good understanding of the area. At the end of the workshop, participants get to take their devices home - a unique chance to explore further and learn more about the workings of an electric device!


Structures (5th/6th class primary)
Workshops will run four days – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Dates Times Venue
Monday 26 February
Tuesday 27 February
Thrusday 1 March
Friday 2 March
10:00 – 11:00 am
12:00 – 13:00 pm
C30

Participants learn about structures, how they stay up and what keeps them together. After an initial demonstration talk about materials and forces, the pupils will be challenged to build certain structures using very simple materials. They are encouraged to consider a variety of materials, the strength of those materials and the forces that act on them.

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