Engineers Week 2017
Helping tomorrow’s Engineers.
Last week was an exciting week for us. For the past four years, we have had an involvement in Engineers Week. If you are not familiar with it, let me explain. Engineers Week is a programme of engineering events, the purpose of which is to celebrate Ireland’s rich engineering heritage and at the same time, hopefully initiate the spark of enthusiasm amongst the younger members of society.
Every year, we send one of our laboratory personnel to a local primary school and this year, our resident Glue Guru travelled to Scoile Naomh Áine, a primary school located in historic Clondalkin Village. The purpose of the visit was to speak with children about the importance of metals in our everyday life and wow, was it an interesting day. We spoke with 3rd, 5th and 6th year kids and their enthusiasm increased with the decrease in pupil age!
Our laboratories had prepared small samples of the common metals, such as aluminium, mild steel and galvanized steel. We also arrived with other reactive metals such as copper, magnesium and titanium. To show that not all metals are solid, a sample of mercury was shown. Finally, a few alloys which included bronze and brass.
Apart from explaining their brief properties, we also spoke about the uses of these metals, both in domestic and industrial applications. Using a stereo microscope which we had brought along, the kids also had a chance to examine the examine the metals in close detail. For many of them, it was their first time to use a microscope and their reaction to the newly discovered microscopic world, was heartwarming.
It was an exceptionally rewarding task for us, and we gained pleasure in seeing the enthusiasm which the kids displayed. No doubt we have ignited a spark of scientific questioning. Perhaps we have spoken with a Nobel Prize winner of tomorrow? Who knows!!