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Waterford Engineering Week 10-14 February 2014

Schedule of activities for the upcoming Engineering Week
When Feb 10, 2014 12:55 PM to
Feb 14, 2014 12:55 PM
Where Waterford
Contact Name
Contact Phone 051 302613
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Junior Cycle

Feel the Heat: Junior Cert Heat and Energy

We all think we know about heat. But with a few simple questions we can realise that it’s not as simple as we think. This interactive presentation will examine heat as a form of energy, its importance to our lives how we produce it from fuels and mechanical energy and how in turn we use heat to create mechanical energy in engines and subsequently electricity – all with reference to the Junior Cert curriculum. There will be lots of demonstrations and participation and also issues of civic responsibilities and some philosophy and history thrown in for good measure. Presenter Eoin Gill.

Date: Thurs Feb 13th

Time: 10am

Venue: Main Auditorium Cork Road WIT

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Rolling with Robots (Due to high demand all 3 sessions are BOOKED OUT)

Interactive applied robotics workshops using the innovative WIT cGO Robots where "learning becomes a contact sport".

Start with simple non contact challenges like obstacle avoidance and end up with full scale Robotic Wars where team members have to ride on the robots as they battle it out against other teams.

Format is as follows, we will offer three work shops:

Date: Tues 11th, Wed 12th, Thurs 13th

Time: 9.30-13.00

Venue: Robotics lab and WIT Atrium

Transition Year and Senior Cycle

Electricity- the Irish Connection

Rev Nicholas Callan (1799 – 1864) died 150 years ago this year and was one of the most remarkable but least known of Irish Engineers/scientists. He was professor of natural philosophy (physics) in Maynooth. Despite his seeming isolation from the scientific centres of the world he managed to construct the world’s most powerful electromagnet at Maynooth and also the largest electrical supply. However, his greatest discovery was the induction coil since used to power spark plugs in all petrol engines and also the forerunner of the electrical transformer. Callan had a very interesting way of testing the strength of his electricity on students but was an extremely charitable man. This demonstration lecture will tell the story of his life and times, of the early fundamental discoveries in electricity and bring to life Callan’s own discoveries. Even if a student is not thinking of taking Physics at Senior Cycle, this presentation will give a good understanding of how electricity works.

Date: Thurs Feb 13th

Time: 12 noon

Venue: Main Auditorium Cork Road WIT

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ENGINEERING QUIZ

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.

Date: Fri Feb 14th

Time: 11am

Venue: Meet at main Atrium WIT Cork Road

PLEASE NOTE: All events are FREE however booking in advance is required. Please contact Catriona Carroll, cbcarroll@wit.ie or 051 302613

 

Primary Schools

Presentations

Engineering Your Survival!

Emergency survival might now be what you face when your smart phone runs out of charge, but how do you survive when trapped in the wilderness with few if any tools? This fun demonstration lecture will show an Engineering mind can help you survive and thrive!. Learn how Engineering can help you survive.

The presenter, Eoin Gill is an energy and environmental engineering lecturer at WIT and a director of Calmast, Ireland’s leading STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) outreach centre at WIT. He has addressed thousands of pupils in the Southeast in various STEM shows and has been the recipient of several international and national awards for science communication.

Date: Mon Feb 10th

Time: 10am

Venue: Main Auditorium Cork Road WIT

What's Luck Got to Do with it? Dr Maths Show

This Dr Maths show explores randomness and ways in which maths can order the chaos around us. Delve into mathematical history and discover how maths can be used to predict the future. Uncover the hidden maths in you. This is a very popular, fun and entertaining show.

Date: Fri Feb 14th

Audience: 5th & 6th Class

Times: 3 sessions

09.30-10.30

11.00-12.00

12.30-13.30

Booking for this talk is through Roseanne O Leary: roleary@engineersireland.ie 01 6651301

Booking for all other events is with: Catriona Carroll: cbcarroll@wit.ie or 051 302613

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From Newgrange to the New Bridge- the Story of Irish Engineering with Eoin Gill

The story of Irish engineering is told through richly illustrated pictures of well known structures, tracing the development of building with the developments of new engineering technologies such as the arch, concrete, steel and reinforced concrete. In the presentation practical demonstrations will show how forces act and how different materials behave in different manners and the audience will learn how structures that they are familiar with actually work.

The presenter, Eoin Gill is an energy and environmental engineering lecturer at WIT and a director of Calmast, Ireland’s leading STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) outreach centre at WIT. He has addressed thousands of pupils in the Southeast in various STEM shows and has been the recipient of several international and national awards for science communication.

Date: Tues Feb 11th

Audience: 5th-6th Class

Time: 10am

Workshops

ALL WORKSHOPS NOW FULLY BOOKED

Dates: Mon 10th-Fri 14th February

Times: 10 am and 12 noon

Duration: 1 Hour

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Electric Motor- Make and Take

In this popular workshop participants learn about electric motors the most effective way – by making one that they can take home with them! They also learn about electricity, electro-magnetic induction and building circuits.

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Structures

In this workshop participants are introduced to the engineering of structures, which involves consideration of materials, strength of those materials and the forces acting on them. Participants will be challenged to build certain structures using very simple materials.

All workshops can be booked with Catriona Carroll, cbcarroll@wit.ie or 051 302613

 

General Public

Electricity- the Irish Connection

As part of Engineers' Week 2014, Ardkeen Library will host a lecture by Calmast about the Rev Nicholas Callan, one of the most remarkable but least known of Irish engineers.

The Rev Nicholas Callan (1799 – 1864) died 150 years ago this year and was one of the most remarkable but least known of Irish Engineers/scientists. He was professor of natural philosophy (physics) in Maynooth. Despite his seeming isolation from the scientific centres of the world he managed to construct the world’s most powerful electromagnet at Maynooth and also the largest electrical supply. However, his greatest discovery was the induction coil, since used to power spark plugs in all petrol engines and also the forerunner of the electrical transformer. Callan had a very interesting way of testing the strength of his electricity on students but was an extremely charitable man.

This lecture will tell the story of his life and times, of the early fundamental discoveries in electricity and bring to life Callan’s own discoveries.

 

Date: Tues Feb 11th

Time: 6.30 pm

Venue: Ardkeen Library, Waterford

Event is FREE and no advance booking is required. Ardkeen Library can be contacted at 051 849755, 051 843633 or scummins@waterfordcity.ie

 

Third Level

Engineering Croke Park

This talk, for the students at staff at Waterford I.T., will be given by Peter McKenna, Director of Croke Park and GAA Commercial and Sponsorship Manager. It will look at many of the day to day operations of the famous stadium, as well as specific engineering challenges presented by its sheer scale. This talk will also offer an insight into the design and execution of the Croke Park Skyline project.

Date: Thurs Feb 13th

Time: 3 pm

Venue: WIT Auditorium (For WIT Students and Staff)



 

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