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Waterford Engineering Week 2019

Waterford Engineering Week is part of Engineers Ireland National Engineers Week and runs from 4-8 March this year and is generously supported by Engineers Ireland South East Region.
When Mar 04, 2019 09:30 AM to
Mar 08, 2019 02:30 PM
Where WIT
Contact Name
Contact Phone 051 302613
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All events are free but booking is essential with Ms Catriona Carroll, School of Engineering Waterford Institute of Technology 051 302613. Please see conditions at bottom of this page.


Events for Secondary Schools


If you are interested in workshops for TY or senior cycle pupils, we may be able to organise one for you. please send us your:



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Class year and size

Preferred dates (if any)

Preferred topics: (if any ie: Civil / Mechanical/ Electrical / Electronic / other)


Programmed Events:


The Genius of Isaac Newton

Dr Gabriel Gallagher

Audience: Secondary school students, TY & Senior Cycle

Date:  Monday 4th March

Time:  9:30 – 10:30

Isaac Newton is arguably the greatest scientist of all time. Join WIT physics lecturer Dr Gabriel Gallagher, to look at Newton’s complex personality and fascinating life. You will also explore his laws of motion and law of gravity from a different perspective and find out how these laws, dating from 1687, established the bedrock for our understanding of the physical world and is still fundamental to modern engineering.


Sue McGrath: Ireland’s Engineering Superheroes

Date:               Friday, 8 March

Times:             12:45 – 1:45 pm (1st/2nd year)

Capacity          180


Engineering Quiz ( TY, 5th year)

Date:               Thursday, 7 March

Time:               11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Venue:             FTG25

Capacity          15 teams of four students


WIT Secondary Schools Engineering Team Challenge 2019

Dates:              Tuesday, 5 March

Time:               9:30 am – 3:15 pm

Venue:             Atrium, Cork Rd Campus WIT

Capacity          (6 teams of 3 students; TY, Senior Cycle)


Events for Primary Schools

***Apologies All primary events are now booked out***

Sue McGrath: Ireland’s Engineering Superheroes

Date:                     Friday, 8 March

Times:                  9.45 – 10.45 am (3rd/4th class)

11:15 am – 12:15 pm (5th/6th class)

This highly creative engineering show explores some of the amazing scientific discoveries that lead to incredible engineering feats. We will delve into the worlds of 13 Irish Scientists, whose work spanned 350 years, to see how their discoveries led to engineering inventions which continue to impact our lives today.


We thank Robert Boyle for our expanding marshmallows and potato gun; Sir Hans Sloane for his hot chocolate creation and Joseph Black’s discovery which allows us now to cool our drinks with dry ice; William Reid Clanney for giving engineers an excuse to create explosions in caverns; James Murray for easing stomach aches with alkalis; Thomas Andrews for another excuse to play with dry ice - made with the gas discovered by Joseph Black; Lord Kelvin for his Kelvin temperature scale – which we will use to explore the temperatures of ice cream that will be made and eaten on stage!; Dunlop for his invention that allowed Harry Ferguson to build and fly his own plane and Anne Acheson for applying her knowledge as a sculptress of the human body to invent splints to help the soldiers in WW1. We will then learn how James Martin’s invention of explosive ejector seats saved the life of Neil Armstrong; how Ernest Walton helped split the atom and, finally, how Frank Pantridge invented the mobile defibrillator, which hopefully we won’t need to use during this very energetic and informative show! We will also need lots of budding young engineers to help Scientific Sue on this mind-boggling engineering journey.


Electric devices – make and take (5th/6th class primary)

Workshops will run three days – Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Dates:                   4,6,8 - March

Times:                  9:45 – 10:45 am

11:15 – 12:15 pm

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 each day – Monday to Friday

Dates:                   Monday to Friday, 4-8 March

Times:                  9:45– 10:45 am

11:15– 12:15 pm


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.



Venues: all events, unless otherwise stated, take place at Waterford Institute of Technology Main Campus

All events are free but booking is essential with Ms Catriona Carroll, School of Engineering Waterford Institute of Technology 051 302613.

Photo and video consent

Please note that all events may be photographed and/or videoed. All photos and videos are intended for non-profit use to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths), this includes promotion on social media. Pupils and teachers will not be named unless permission is given.

By booking, you are giving consent to photography and/or videoing for your group. If you do not consent please let us know at the time of booking.

Contact Details

We require an email address and mobile phone number of someone accompanying the group in case of emergencies.


We require your name and contact details for correspondence in relation to this event. This will include follow up emails for post event evaluation. We will delete your data after post event evaluation unless you give us permission to use it to notify you of future STEM events.

Waterford Engineering Week is coordinated by

Calmast WIT’s STEM Outreach Hub

in association with WIT School of Engineering.

It is generously supported by Engineers Ireland South East Region

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