Through a joint initiative between the Electronic & Computer Engineering Department (E&CE) and Analog Devices, Dr Sinéad O’Keeffe (E&CE) and Dr Charusluk Viphavakit (E&CE) and Margaret Naughton (Analog Devices) recently visited Ballinahinch National School, Co. Tipperary to deliver an Engineering Workshop to over 130 pupils, from Junior Infants to 6th Class. The workshop was due to be delivered as part of Engineers Week but was postponed due to the snow. Each class had a 90 minute workshop, specially tailored to their ages, aimed at raising awareness of the different engineering areas, the impact of engineering in society and challenging the stereotypical image of an engineer. The workshop involved a 20 minute talk about Engineering, highlighting the ongoing sensors research in E&CE and the activities at Analog Devices. This was followed by a hands-on workshop, where each class was divided into 5 different engineering areas (civil, mechanical, aeronautical, biomedical and electronic). They were further broken up into teams to compete against each other in tasks relating to their engineering discipline.
The workshop was met with immense enthusiasm from all the pupils and the feedback from both teachers and parents was extremely positive. It was particularly commended that three female engineers presented the workshop as it immediately dispelled the image of an engineer that the primary school children previously held.
Dr Sinéad O’Keeffe (E&CE) and Dr Charusluk Viphavakit (E&CE) pictured left with 5th & 6th Class, Ballinahinch NS.
Dr Sinéad O’Keeffe (E&CE) pictured left showing 5th Class “Electronic Engineers” how to make bristlebots
Pictured to the left, 3rd Class “Biomedical Engineers” with the prosthetic hand they made