#EngineersWeek - Demand was high for Waterways Ireland’s events during Engineers Week 2017, with 200 primary and post-primary pupils taking part in free site visits and workshops offered at the agency’s headquarters in Enniskillen.
Pupils from Florencecourt PS, Moat PS, Jones Memorial PS, St Mary's PS Mullymesker, Ballinamallard PS, St Mary's PS Enniskillen, Tattygar PS and St Joseph's College met Waterways Ireland engineering staff who led them through a series of workshops including bridge building, making floating and fixed jetties, marshmallow and straw tower challenges and understanding the Archimedes screw.
A further 130 school children attended events at Monasterevin Lock & Lifting Bridge in Kildare and Portumna Bridge in Galway.
Waterways Ireland says feedback from schools has been “very positive” with many expressing interest in attending future educational events to inspire the next generation of engineers.
Engineers Week took place from 4-10 March and is a programme of nationwide events with the aim of celebrating the world of engineering in Ireland.
The theme for 2017 was ‘Engineering Our Future’, aimed at igniting the imaginations of the next generation of engineers.
Engineers Week is co-ordinated by Engineers Ireland and is a platform to highlight engineering as a career and recognise the importance of the continually evolving engineering profession. The event is an ideal opportunity to showcase the positive contribution made by Waterways Ireland to local communities.
There are a range of engineering professionals, including civil and mechanical engineers and technicians working within Waterways Ireland.
The projects carried out on all seven of its inland waterways are wide and varied, from navigation operation, maintenance and development and structural design to project management, fleet management, development and maintenance of electro-hydraulically operated lock gates and accompanying smart card system, and much more.
Each year Waterways Ireland engineers share their expertise by giving presentations and hosting site visits with local school groups, which book up well in advance.