Science and Engineering Summer Camp & UL CyberCamp 2019

The faculty of S&E offered its annual “Engineering Summer Camp” which ran over a two-day period, commencing 24th & 25th June. Approx. 60 students attended, of which 20 were female, spanning from Clare, Limerick, Tipperary and Galway. E&CE technical staff successfully ran the department practical lab sessions in conjunction with the Faculty of Science and Engineering.  Feedback from the E&CE Heart Beat Monitor session was extremely positive.

E&CE, in conjunction with the CSIS department, once again contributed to the annual UL CyberCamp 17th – 26th June. This very successful event is now an annual fixture on the E&CE/CSIS schedule and is thoroughly enjoyed by younger school students, 117 students attended the Cyber Camp, 39 of which were female and 35 schools took part in the initiative. Comments from the attendees and their parents has been extremely positive.

During both the Summer Camp and the CyberCamp, students are given the exciting task of building their very own Heart Beat Monitor (pictured below) during the E&CE laboratory sessions. The heart beat monitor was designed by the technical staff in the Electronic and Computer Engineering Department (E&CE) using the Internet of Things (IoT) to measure heart beat pulses. It uses a Sensor and a variety of electronic components. The students soldered these components onto the Printed Circuit Board (PCB) and the resulting interactive circuit measures heart beat pulse rate by placing your finger on the sensor.  These practical laboratory based sessions provided students with an enjoyable insight into the fundamentals of Software and Electronics subjects and will be crucial in increased awareness regarding the exciting options for future third level study within this strategically important STEM sector.