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Engineers Ireland opens its doors for Engineers Week

Engineers Week
20 February 2019
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A full weekend of family fun is planned at Engineers Ireland’s headquarters at 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge on Saturday, 2nd and Sunday, 3rd March. The professional membership body for engineers in Ireland will open its doors to the next generation of engineers and their families to officially kick off Engineers Week 2019.

About Engineers Week

Taking place from 2 – 8 March 2019, Engineers Week is a campaign held annually to promote engineering as a career and the importance of the profession to Ireland. The week-long campaign encourages primary and post-primary students, their teachers and parents to explore the exciting world of engineering as well as highlighting the diverse opportunities a career in engineering offers.

To encourage and inspire the next generation of engineers, the Engineers Ireland STEPS team has created an action-packed weekend of fun at the organisation’s headquarters where children and adults alike can come and enjoy a series of interesting shows and workshops to discover more about the fascinating world of engineering. Activities will include LEGO Challenge workshops, Silly Billy Science Shows, Family Minecraft workshops with the Gaiety School of Acting and an opportunity to explore Biomedical Engineering with Reptile Zoo.

Engineers Ireland Events Line Up

A detailed listing for both days can be found below:

Saturday, 2 March:

  • Science is Fun Show by Silly Billy – This free show for families is perfect for children aged 4-10 years and is a great way to show how fun science is! During the show, everyone can be and will be involved with games, competitions and there are prizes for everyone!
  • Reptile Zoo: Biomedical Engineering - Find out more about some of the magnificent work carried out by scientists in the field of biomedical engineering and venom research as some of the world’s most fascinating and unusual animals visit Engineers Ireland for this free workshop for families.
  • Electric You by Explorium - Ignite your curious mind at this one of a kind workshop. Using nothing but tin foil, paper, lights and a battery find out how to make cubes glow. This free workshop is best suited for 8 – 11-year-olds and their families.
  • Lego Bricks Challenge Workshop by e2 Young Engineers – Through the use of stories, exciting experiments and building originally designed LEGO® models that illustrate Science, Engineering and Mathematics topics, these young engineers in training will have FUN while learning and developing fine motor, visual-spatial and social skills. This workshop is best suited for 6 -12-year olds and tickets are available from €20.

Sunday, 3 March

  • Ireland’s Ingenious Engineers by Scientific Sue - Join Scientific Sue, Ireland’s most beloved science performer for a highly creative free show about Ireland’s Ingenious Engineers. Families are invited to join Sue as she explores some of the amazing scientific discoveries and engineering feats endeavoured by some of their hugely talented Irish Engineers and Scientists over a period of 350 years.
  • The Gaiety School of Acting will host one of two free Family Minecraft Workshops which will introduce participants aged 6-11 years to science through creative drama. Divided into the teams, participants will construct homes and shelters that will allow them to survive on a new planet. Inspired by the popular game Minecraft, the goal is to simply invent!
  • Electric You by Explorium will host another series of shows where participants can ignite their curious minds at this one of a kind workshop. Using nothing but tin foil, paper, lights, and a battery find out how to make cubes glow. This free workshop is best suited for 8 – 11-year-olds and their families.
  • Lego Bricks Challenge Workshop by e2 Young Engineers – Through the use of stories, exciting experiments and building originally designed LEGO® models that illustrate Science, Engineering and Mathematics topics, these young engineers in training will have FUN while learning and developing fine motor, visual-spatial and social skills. This workshop is best suited for 6 -12-year olds and tickets are available from €20

Along with these workshops and shows, there will have plenty of fun for all the family with screenings of the Dream Big: Engineering Our World movie throughout the weekend.

Please note that booking is essential for these events and a full list of times for each of the free shows can be accessed via Event Brite.

Weekend Family Fun activities are not limited to the capital during Engineers Week, as NUI Galway and IT Sligo host creative, free and fun-filled activity days for families to kick off Engineers Week 2019. For more information on Engineers Week and to find out more about some of the 500+ activities taking place nationwide, visit: www.engineersweek.ie

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