From science to engineeering for Timahoe’s pupils

Thumbs up for Engineer's Week at Timahoe NS. Nathan George, Callum Maher, Sarah Doyle, Dylan Grouse, Niamh Fitzpatrick, Mary White, Engineer, Sadhbh McDonald and Moraj Adnan.
There’s simply no stopping the students of Timahoe NS when it comes to science.

There’s simply no stopping the students of Timahoe NS when it comes to science.

Hot on the heels of their All Ireland Intel Mini Scientist win they turned their attention this week to Engineering, as they celebrated Engineers Week with the help of local engineer Mary White of Fingleton and White Engineers.

In a wonderfully engaging presentation Ms White explained the vast range of work carried out by engineers. Using hands-on activities as well as a power-point presentation all forty participating students from 3rd and 4th classes were left in no doubt as to the value of STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

The enthusiastic youngsters learned just how important the principles of problem solving are in the field of engineering, and were delighted to learn all about the many projects in which Mary has been involved both In Ireland and Overseas.

With many willing volunteers Mary demonstrated the very strong connections between engineering and “school science and maths”, making use of practical experiments throughout.

Engineers Week is a week-long programme of nationwide events with the aim of celebrating the world of engineering in Ireland. According to Principal Ann Bergin “Our much appreciated visit of engineer Mary White created a hugely positive awareness about the engineering profession”.

Because active participation in Engineers Week is one of the criteria for gaining the prestigious “Award of Science & Maths Excellence”, hopes are high that this year the school will be award its 4th consecutive award.