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Engineering Week 2016 Secondary Events


11th Annual Waterford Engineering Week Secondary Programme

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


Electric Motor – Make and Take:

Workshops will run each day

Audience:       1st Year students (30 max)

Dates: Mon 29th - Fri 4th

Times:            12 noon

Duration:        1 hour

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.



The Roboteers Tale with Ian Watts


Audience:        Secondary

Date:                Wednesday 2nd March

Time:               10 am 1st /2nd / 3rd Year

Time:               12 pm TY / 5th /6th Year

Venue:             Main Auditorium Cork Rd Campus

Ian Watts is one of Britain’s top roboteers and an engineering lecturer at the University of Brighton. Well known to viewers of Robot Wars for his Big Brother robots he has also built and operated robots for a variety of TV, film and advertisements including several episodes of Top Gear.  He will be bringing a number of his robots with him to Waterford and demonstrating them and showing clips of other robots will describe how they are designed and made. Ian will be assisted by some of his team of students who are preparing to compete in Battlebots in the USA with sponsorship from the Disney Corporation.



Shockwave: Electricity for Leaving Cert

Audience:        TY / 5th /6th Year

Date:               Thursday 3rd March

Time:              10 am

Venue:            Main Auditorium Cork Rd Campus

This interactive and illustrated presentation will lead participants through the basics of electricity of the Senior Cycle Physics course covering static electricity, current and charge and electromagnetics. It will examine through demonstrations the relationship between electricity and magnetism. Included will be demonstrations of Van de Graaf, Volta’s battery, electromagnetic induction and induction coils and alternating current. In addition to a familiarization of the fundamentals of electricity your students will also be exposed to the story of how the discoveries in electricity were made (including the Irish contributions) that led to the development modern age.

Presenter Eoin Gill Chartered Engineer, Programme Director Engineering Outreach Calmast, WIT.


Feel the Heat: Junior Cert Heat and Energy

Audience:       Junior Cycle

Date:               Friday March 4th

Time:              10 am

Venue:            Main Auditorium Cork Rd Campus

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, 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 Chartered Engineer,  Programme Director Engineering Outreach Calmast, WIT.



Participants:   TY & 5th Year

Date:               Thurs March 3rd

Time:               11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Venue:            Meet main Atrium WIT Cork Rd Campus

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.


Generous 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.

Places are limited to 20 teams of four.

Bookings: Catriona Carroll, or 051-302613

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