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Wexford students attend Engineering event at WIT 05/06/16

| June 5, 2016

TY Engineer your future

Waterford Institute of Technology hosted a three-day event, “Engineering Your Future” for Transition Year students across the South East, including nine students from St Peters College Wexford.

The event involved fun filled and educational activities, the students were asked to design a mobile phone cover, the best design on the day was given a printed copy of the phone cover to use on their own mobile devices.

Engineering Your Future is a hands on programme for Transition Year students who have an interest in science and maths and is hosted by a number of colleges throughout the country.

The programme, co-ordinated by lecturers Susan Gallagher and Mary Doyle-Kent from the School of Engineering in WIT, was jam packed from beginning to end with day one kicking off with workshops in the field of electronic and electrical engineering, excursions to local companies and informal talks from WIT engineering graduates, Clodagh Dunphy, Anton O’Shea, Oliver Fletcher and Michael Nolan.

“This event has been a fantastic opportunity for us to meet the 37 transition year students on campus and have a fun time exploring the world of engineering with them,” lecturer Mary Doyle-Kent said.

Day two at the event was equally as productive, with students taking part in a bridge building competition, engineering lecturer John Carney was also present and addressed the students regarding a passive house design. This lecture was followed by a site visit to a local passive house which is currently under construction.

Also taking place on WIT grounds on day two of the event was SciFest, which is a series of one-day science fairs for second level students hosted locally in schools or regionally in third level colleges. A number of the Transition year attendees had friends exhibiting projects at SciFest and took the opportunity to view their friend’s projects and observe other ventures proposed by students from across the South-East.

The final day of the event revolved around three workshops in the areas of Building Services and Sustainable Energy Engineering. The afternoon saw the students constructing models of electric motors and were given an in depth explanation into how they work. The afternoon was spent working on individual mobile phone cover designs in the mechanical engineering design studio.  The winners of the phone cover design were treated to a printed model of their creation which can be used on their own phones.

Engineer Your Future offers many opportunities to Transition Year students, which include a better understanding of the skills required to have a career in engineering, experience what engineers do on a daily basis and learn about the disciplines and technologies that make up the world of engineering.

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