Date: February 29-March 4   Time: 10:00 - 12:00 or 12:00 - 14:00

Engineering our Future

Join us to celebrate the 10th year of Engineers Week, a week that aims to create positive awareness and spark enthusiasm about the engineering profession to people of all ages, especially students and their teachers and parents.

This year we are hosting events here at CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory, Lough Gur and Dunsink Observatory all in association with Science Foundation Ireland and ESERO Ireland allowing us to offer a subsided rate to all students.

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Primary Students

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A week of exciting hands-on workshops, exploring electricity, for primary school children during Engineers Week 2016. Workshops are aimed at 4th, 5th and 6th class and will introduce children to engineering using specially designed electronic kits. The format will be a mixture of learning about the basics of electricity and building their own electric circuits. The visits will include a planetarium show and demonstrations of our Science Exhibits from our experienced science facilitators.

These activities are designed to engage children to explore Engineering and Science, by inspiring them with space and astronomy. Activities will be tailored to specific age groups and will be linked to the relevant school curriculum. Pupils will be guided through the visit using a mixture of skills including creativity, problem solving, teamwork and experimentation, all of which are key to what engineers do.

Dates: Monday February 29th – Friday March 4th

Time: 10:00 – 12:00 or 12:00 – 14:00

Cost: €5/student

Location: Blackrock Castle Observatory, Cork

Age group: Best for 4th, 5th, or 6th class

To book contact: info@bco.ie or call 021 4326121

 

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2nd Level Students

Our team will be running workshops for 2nd level students in both Lough Gur and Dunsink Observatory.

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Exciting hands-on workshops, exploring the engineering used in space missions, for second level students during Engineers Week 2016. The workshops will include designing, building and refining a spacecraft/landing system based on the current European Space Agency mission to Mars, ExoMars. Students will be guided through hands-on engineering concepts and put them into practice, using a mixture of skills including creativity, problem solving, teamwork and experimentation, all of which are key to engineering careers. They will also get the chance to speak to experts in engineering and astronomy about what they do, and how to embark upon such careers.

Speaker information:

Con_McCarthy_medium1Con McCarthy  from the European Space Agency will be joining us live at Lough Gur for a Q&A with students about all the missions he has been involved in throughout his career.

Con will speak about EXOMars critical testing he recently currently undertook with ESA. Con has worked at Spacelab, on ERS 1(Earth Resources Satellite) and was the Systems Engineer on Huygens ( Europe’s lander to Titan on board the U.S. Cassini Saturn orbiter) with responsibility for Cassini / Huygens interfaces. Con was ESA’s  Mars Lander & Communications System Manager for Europe’s Mars mission, Mars Express and Systems Engineer on the Venus Express on its mission to Venus.

We will then welcome Aisling Shannon, a Structural Engineer at the European Space Agency, via WebEx video link, to speak to the students about her work on space missions, in which she tests equipment to make sure it survives a launch and can get where it needs to go in space. Aisling is based in the Netherlands at ESA’s main technical and testing centre.

Date: Monday February 29th

Time: 9:45 – 13:45

Age group: Second level, up to and including Transition Year

Capacity: 25 students/group

Cost: €5/student

To book contact: kate@loughgur.com or call 061 385386

 

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Exciting hands-on workshops, exploring the engineering used in space missions, for second level students during Engineers Week 2016. The workshops will include designing, building and refining a spacecraft/landing system based on the current European Space Agency mission to Mars, ExoMars. Students will be guided through hands-on engineering concepts and put them into practice, using a mixture of skills including creativity, problem solving, teamwork and experimentation, all of which are key to engineering careers. They will also get the chance to speak to experts in engineering and astronomy about what they do, and how to embark upon such careers.

Speaker information:

Dr Niall Smith from CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory will speak to students about “Ireland’s rich astronomical heritage – past, present and exciting future!”

Jonathan Faull, a Dublin mechanical engineer who got the chance to attend the International Space University last year, will talk about what inspired him about engineering for space.

We’ll then welcome Dr Ronan Wall from Moog to hold a Q&A with students. Ronan is a Programme Manager working in the Space Industry on projects that will be used in space missions, including missions to Mars.

ESA Engineer Janice Patterson will join us next, via video link-up from ESA’s Research and Technology Centre in the Netherlands. Janice works on Copernicus Sentinel-2 System Operations and is an Optical Communication Payload Engineer.

Date: Friday March 4th

Time: 10:00 – 13:30

Age group: Second level, up to and including Transition Year

Capacity: 25 students/group

Cost: Free

To book contact: info@bco.ie or call 021 4326121

 

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“Ireland’s rich astronomical heritage – past, present and exciting future!”