This year, from February 24th – March 2nd, Ireland is celebrating its engineers past, present and future. Organised by the dedicated team at Engineers Ireland STEPS, Engineer’s Week will introduce young minds to the world of engineering and the role it plays in all our lives. And who knows, it may even inspire a whole new career path.
We have picked a few of our favourite Engineer’s Week events taking place in Dublin. However, for a more complete list of what is on close to you, check out InspireMe.ie or www.engineersweek.ie.
Family fun in Dublin 4
We start our Engineering odyssey in HQ. Engineers Ireland are holding an entire Open Weekend of family fun activities. All ages are welcome to attend.
On Sunday 25th will you can join Scientific Sue for Ireland’s Engineering Superheroes, more Lego challenges and a drama workshop on Superheroes Scientific Journey.
These events promise to be very popular, so make sure to register in advance.
Wax Lyrical about Engineering
The new National Wax Museum Plus will be celebrating Engineer’s Week in style. The Science and Discovery Zone includes an interactive exhibition celebrating the achievements of many of Ireland’s most famous engineers. Learn about Henry ‘Harry’ Ferguson, who developed the modern tractor and plough.
Monday 26th will see Dr Darren McDonnell of the Amber Centre discussing their current research into 3D printing and bioengineering,
On Tuesday 27th Alan O’Kelly from Premium Power Electrical Engineering Consultancy will provide inspiration on the different career paths available for engineering students. With 3D printing demonstrations, engineering talks, and augmented reality app demonstrations, this promises to be a visit to remember.
Stop the press
The Print Museum is always worth a visit, and no more so than during Engineer’s Week. They are hosting the dedicated PrintFest event. Expert printers will bring you on a journey through the engineering behind the traditional craft of letterpress printing. Suitable for all ages, there will be lots of printing and craft activities to entertain.
For most children their first introduction to engineering is when they place with Lego. It stretches their imaginations and promotes creativity. And to continue that inspiration and make learning fun, Bricks4Kidz will have three workshops in North County Dublin during Engineer’s Week. In Donabate on 24th, Garristown on 26th and Rush on 27th , there will be plenty of opportunities to play and learn. With building challenges, designed by engineers and architects, on themes such as space, construction and amusement parks, the hard part will be dragging them away at the end.
Last but not least. at the Rediscovery Centre in Tallaght there is a full afternoon planned to introduce you to the world of engineering. A screening of ‘Dream Big: Engineering Our World’ will be followed by engineering challenges that will test your problem solving abilities. This is suitable for families with children of 6 – 16 years. They won’t even realise they are learning!
Engineering our future
These are just a few of the many events that are taking place for Engineer’s Week in Dublin City. There are also events all over the country. Be sure to find out what is happening in your locality. Finally, all details were correct at time of publication but be sure to confirm times with individual organisers before you start out.