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Engineering Week 2016 Primary Events

events are all free but must be prebooked


11th Annual Waterford Engineering Week Primary Activities

Places Limited - Booking Essential

Bookings: Catriona Carroll, or 051-302613

Please note that pupils must be adequately supervised at all times.

Please advise us of any relevant special needs.

Events may be photographed or videoed - Please be aware that your pupils may be photographed or filmed for publicity purposes. Please advise when booking if there are restrictions on photography

WORKSHOPS: The best way to learn about engineering is to be an Engineer

Electric Motor – Make and Take: for 5th and 6th Class pupils

Workshops will run each day

Dates: Mon 29th - Fri 4th

Times:              10am

Duration:          1 hour

Venue:              Meet main atrium WIT

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.

Junior Structural Engineers for 5th and 6th Class pupils

Workshops will run each day

Dates: Mon 29th - Fri 4th

Times:              10am and 12 Noon

Duration:          1 hour

Venue:              Meet main atrium WIT

Participants learn about structures and how they stay up. There is an initial demonstration talk about materials and forces. Participants will be challenged to build certain structures using very simple materials. In this workshop participants are introduced to the engineering of structures, which involves consideration of materials, strength of those materials and the forces that act on them.


Primary Shows

The Science of Dragons with Sue Mc Grath

Audience:       3rd to 6th class

Date:               Mon Feb 29th

Time:               9.45 -10.45       (3rd & 4th Class)

11.15-12.15       (5th & 6th Class)

12.45 – 13.45    (5th & 6th Class)

Venue:             Main Auditorium Cork Rd Campus

Join Scientific Sue on this most historical and creative journey of discovery.

Her fire and icy fog breathing dragons are celebrating the hatching of their latest baby, there is just one problem this little dragon doesn’t have any wings yet!


Scientific Sue will need lots of volunteers to help her investigate and explore the science of how dragons fly and then, using some of the science behind the different dragon fire types (steam, icy fog, explosive gases, flammable liquids and of course big flames and tornado type fire!) plus dragon’s disgusting digestion processes, she hopes to engineer a way which will allow the baby dragon to fly and join in with the celebrations!

Sue McGrath is one of Ireland’s best known STEM performers. She performs her science shows all around the world and has always been a very popular visitor to Waterford.


Engineering your Survival

with Eoin Gill, Waterford Institute of Technology

Audience:        5th and 6th class

Date:                Tues March 1st

Time:               10 am -11 am

Venue:             Main Auditorium Cork Rd Campus

Young people might think Emergency survival is 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 how an Engineering mindset can help you survive and thrive using little more than basic Science. Learn how Engineering can help you survive.

The presenter, Eoin Gill is a Chartered Engineer and a 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 and engineering communication.

Bookings: Catriona Carroll, or 051-302613