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School children enjoy Engineers Week events hosted by GMIT

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Over one hundred students from primary and secondary schools in Galway attended events in GMIT organised for Engineers Week 2018.

The students from Gaelscoil Dara, Calasanctius College Oranmore, Galway Community College and Coláiste Bhaile Chláir attended CADkid workshops, laboratory demonstrations related to Civil Engineering and Scratch programming workshops at the Dublin Road (Galway) campus. 

Civil Engineering lecturer and event co-ordinator Shane Newell says: “It was great to see the enthusiasm and the imagination of the children attending these events. They asked plenty of questions about the different kinds of careers in engineering and learned about the positive impact engineering makes on everyday lives”.

Students from the B. Eng in Software and Electronic Engineering ran workshops in the programming language Scratch for children aged 7 to 8 years. Feedback from Aine Bleahene, Science Co-ordinator with Creagh NS, says "By all accounts the workshop was educational, fun, interactive and exciting. In fact, most of the children rated it as one of their best days ever in school."

“It was great to see the children have so much fun programming, and in the process they were learning to think creatively, reason systematically and work together, and we were delighted with such high praise for our fantastic students”, says Natasha Rohan, Lecturer, Electronic Engineering.”

The annual Engineers Week is organised by Engineers Ireland to encourage people to explore the fun and creative world of engineering.

Pupils from Gaelscoil Dara with GMIT Software & Electronics students in the GMIT Dept of Electronic & Electrical Engineering at the Dublin Road campus, as part of Engineers Week.

Pupils from Gaelscoil Dara with GMIT Software & Electronics students in the GMIT Dept of Electronic & Electrical Engineering at the Dublin Road campus, as part of Engineers Week.

Pupils from Gaelscoil Dara with GMIT Software & Electronics students in the GMIT Dept of Electronic & Electrical Engineering at the Dublin Road campus, as part of Engineers Week.Pupils from Gaelscoil Dara with GMIT lecturer Shane Newell in the Energy Lab in the GMIT Dept of Building & Civil Engineering at the Dublin Road campus, as part of Engineers Week.Pupils from Gaelscoil Dara with GMIT lecturer Sean Moloney in one of the Dept of Building & Civil Engineering laboratories at the Dublin Road campus, as part of Engineers Week.Pupils from Gaelscoil Dara with GMIT lecturer Sean Moloney in one of the Dept of Building & Civil Engineering laboratories at the Dublin Road campus, as part of Engineers Week.Pupils from Gaelscoil Dara with GMIT lecturer Gerard Nicholson in one of the computer laboratories in the GMIT Dept of Building & Civil Engineering at the Dublin Road campus, as part of Engineers Week.