Exploring Engineering

Midlands Science promotes Engineers Week every year in the midlands through a range of school outreach activities for primary and secondary school students. This year we have our ongoing school outreach next week with a focus on engineering activities and also a special day in Athlone with primary and secondary schools in the Athlone Education centre.

This booked out day is being delivered in partnership with the Medtronic Foundation. This day brings together a number of students from secondary schools and primary schools, where they will learn about what it is like to work as an engineer and will undertake a number of hands on engineering activities with local Medtronic employee volunteers. They will also enjoy the engineering movie “Dream Big”, narrated by the aptly named Jeff Bridges!

Jackie Gorman of Midlands Science commented “the more we can encourage people to see the problem-solving and creativity at the heart of engineering, the more impact we can have in creating the amazing engineers of the future.”

Engineering is involved in so many everyday things and Midlands Science encourages teaches and parents to find creative ways to explore engineering at home with ordinary materials – everything from building marble runs with cereal boxes and marbles to building a tower with matchsticks and marshmallows can be a great way to start working with very young budding engineers. It doesn’t have to be very complicated to start with and it’s always lots of fun. There are lots of online resources to help with activities including on Midlands Science’s social media channels. More information on www.midlandsscience.ie