STEPS Engineering Your Future (EYF) sought to inspire transition year students to study engineering over the course of a three-day event, organised by SETU Engineering staff in Waterford.
Held from 2-4 May, the engineering experience programme gave Transition Year (TY) students a hands-on, fun and practical insight into engineering at third level and as a career.
STEPS EYF is coordinated by the Engineers Ireland STEPS programme and is hosted by third-level institutes and industry around Ireland.
SETU Waterford School of Engineering has been delighted to work with Engineers Ireland STEPS team over several years to facilitate this programme. This year 36 TY students were welcomed on campus, and several members of staff collaborated to make this an outstanding success.
“Thank you to all of those who volunteered again this year,” said one of the organisers, lecturer and programme leader in engineering technology, Dr Mary Doyle-Kent.
During the programme, students attended interactive talks and presentations; got hands-on experience with group-based activities; visited local industry and met engineers at various stages in their careers.
“Our programme consisted of experiences in the areas of sustainable civil, sustainable energy, mechanical, manufacturing, automation, electronic and electrical engineering which reflects the CAO programmes on offer on our campus,” explained Dr Doyle-Kent.
“Featured in the busy three-day programme were lab sessions in applied robotics, design and 3Dprinting as well as sustainable energy and structures workshops, pneumatics/automation workshops. The final event was a general knowledge quiz,” added Lecturer of built environment, Emily Shillingford.
Students were also visited Schivo Medical, Keltech and on campus company 3dWIT. “We would like to thank these companies for their continued support over the years,” said Eoin Gill of Clamast.
For more information about STEPS EYF see: www.engineersireland.ie/Schools/Get-involved/Engineering-Your-Future or www.calmast.ie/. Keep up to date with @engtechwit @builtenvwit @calmast