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Engineers Week 2014

Caitriona Lambert, Senior Executive Engineer, South Dublin County Council, writes:

 “There are approximately 8,000 5th and 6th Class students in South Dublin County. This year, we catered for 1,410 primary school students during Engineers Week – in other words 17% of all 5th and 6th Class students in South Dublin County.
All in all, we catered for 1,600 students from the county between our various events. As usual, all of the places available were taken up within days of the schools being notified. Activities included workshops using SNAP Electronics and K’nex tools, Scratch IT workshops, Engineering Taster Sessions for secondary cycle students, LEGO construction workshops plus a Roadshow at Tallaght Stadium.

A CPD lecture was provided for the grownups by John Hamilton, Director of Group Construction Services with PM Group, who explored global engineering opportunities through indigenous Irish engineering firms. I think PM Group can expect an enthusiastic number of applications shortly from ITT students attending this lecture! Many thanks to John for giving us his time.
Our Engineers Week 2014 events finally came to an end with the selection of a winner for our competition held at The Square during Engineers Week. The winner was Thelmar Chanakira, a 5th Class student at Scoil Maelruain Senior National School in Tallaght, who won an iPad Air on behalf of her school.
DIT won our inaugural Third Level Challenge for their submission to South Dublin County Council for a Micro-Hydro Electrical Generation Scheme using an existing weir on the River Dodder at Fort Bridge in Bohernabreena.
These, plus the other events we ran during the week, could not have happened at all without the time and support given by our partners IT Tallaght, PM Group, Vilicom and Xilinx, not forgetting the staff at RUA RED, The County Library and Tallaght Stadium, who did such a good job again this year hosting events and exhibitions.

A special thanks goes to the volunteers from South Dublin County Council. Special mention must go to Richie McCormack who took on the lead role for the K’Nex Challenge team this year, Nicholas Collins for his considerable graphic design skills and Elaine Leech and Margaret Pierce from Corporate Services for their help on many fronts, but not least the smooth running of the launch on Monday 10th February.
Many thanks again to RUA RED for allowing us to use their meeting facilities in the run-up to the Week, with special mention to Hugh McCarthy for technical assistance on events held there during the Week itself.
The support of the County Manager and the Senior Management Team was crucial to the success of all our events. Many thanks to all, and see you again next year!”


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