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Engineering Week 2018

Unfortunately because of extreme snowfall events of 28 February 1 & 2 March were cancelled.

Exciting programme for all ages and interests coming up! Primary school programme below - secondary school and the public programmes will be posted shortly.

Booking: Catriona Carroll, or 051-302613


It's all done with mirrors

Magic Science and Engineering Show for primary school pupils

Monday, 26 February 2018

9.45 – 10.45 am (3rd, 4th class), 11:15 am – 12:15 pm (5th, 6th class), 12:45 – 1:45 pm (5th, 6th class)

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.


Electric devices - make and take

Workshop for primary school pupils (5th, 6th class)

Monday, 26 February to Friday, 2 March 2018

Two workshops each day: 10:00 - 11:00 am, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

In this workshop participants learn about electrics and electrical engineering. The demonstrations and hands-on activities will give the pupils a good understanding of electricity and the difference between electrical and electronic devices. 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!



Workshop for primary school pupils (5th, 6th class)

Monday, 26 February to Friday, 2 March 2018 - NOT Wednesday, 28 February 2018!

Two workshops each day: 10:00 - 11:00 am, 12:00 - 1:00 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.



Junior Cert Heat and its Applications in Engineering

Show for secondary school pupils - Junior Cycle

Tuesday, 27 February 2018, 10:00 - 11:00 am

We all think we know about heat. But there are also have 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.


Engineering Team Challenge

Challenge for secondary school pupils - TY, Senior Cycle - 6 teams of 3

Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 9:30 am - 3:15 pm

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 team will present their final pitch to the judges in the 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.


Engineering Quiz

Quiz for secondary school pupils - TY, 5th year - 20 teams

Thursday, 1 March 2018, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

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.


The Secret Maths of Your Smartphone

Workshop for secondary school pupils - Junior Cycle

Tuesday, 27 February 2018, 1:30 - 2:30 pm

Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 10:00 - 11:00 am, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

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?


Can Renewable Energy and Batteries Power our Lives?

Workshop for secondary school pupils - Junior Cycle

Thursday, 1 March 2018, 1:30 - 2:30 pm

This interactive presentation with Dr Andrea Bourke, WIT, 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.


Walking with Robots

Workshop for secondary school pupils - Junior Cycle

Thursday, 1 March 2018, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Exhibiton of projects in the WIT atrium until 3:00 pm

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.



Talk and discussion for girls TY and Senior Cycle

Friday, 2 March, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Dream Big!

10:00 - 11:00 am

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:


Women in Engineering

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

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.