The all-Ireland competition, ‘Engineer the Game of the Future’ was launched in Croke Park by Mary Ryan, Tom Parsons, Caroline Spillane, Mark Langtry, and Neil McManus
The creative and dynamic world of engineering is set to come to life in schools and homes across Kilkenny as STEPS Engineers Week 2022 kicks off this Saturday, March 5.
Running until March 11, Engineers Ireland’s largest celebration of the engineering profession aims to encourage young people, their families, and teachers to explore the creative world of engineering and the limitless opportunities a career in the sector can offer.
As part of the week-long campaign of activities and events, primary and secondary school students in Kilkenny are being challenged by Engineers Ireland’s STEPS programme and the Gaelic Players Association (GPA) to engineer how the Gaelic Games will look by the year 2050.
The all-Ireland competition, 'Engineer the Game of the Future’ aims to encourage students to bring their problem-solving, creative and communication skills to the world of sport and to engineer a futuristic vision of the Gaelic Games.
Chartered Engineer Tom Parsons, CEO of the GPA and Engineers Ireland STEPS Ambassador, said: “Engineering is not only critically important to society’s sustainable progress, it is also at the forefront of advances in the sports we love. Whether it’s equipment that keeps us safe when we play sport, technologies that analyse our sporting performance, or environmentally-friendly ‘smart’ stadiums that harness AI to help fans enjoy the match-day experience, engineering is at the core of it all. In fact, my own knee was reconstructed from grafted ligaments from other parts of my body through a remarkably innovative feat of medtech engineering!
“Engineers are the problem solvers to the great challenges our society faces, and I strongly encourage the creative students of Ireland to take part in the ‘Engineer the Game of the Future’ competition and tell us their visions and ideas for our great Gaelic Games. Part of STEPS Engineers Week 2022 which kicks off on 5 March, this competition is another example of the incredibly diverse nature of modern engineering and highlights the exciting opportunities that a career in the area can offer,” he added.
There are two separate competition categories for primary and secondary school students to enter before the deadline of Friday, 25 March 2022. The entries will then be judged by a panel of experts including Engineers Ireland members and players from the Gaelic Players Association. Prizes include GPA Corporate Box tickets for a major 2022 match, a day out in Croke Park and a virtual meeting with a Gaelic hero of choice.
Now in its 16th year STEPS Engineers Week is coordinated by Engineers Ireland's STEPS programme - funded by the Department of Education and industry leaders Arup, the EPA, ESB, Intel and Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII).
With a new Behaviour & Attitudes survey showing that 80% of the public see engineering as a rewarding career choice for young people, Caroline Spillane, Director General of Engineers Ireland, urged teachers, students and their families to get involved in STEPS Engineers Week activities and said: “Skills in engineering can foster incredibly exciting and diverse career paths as Tom’s own journey has shown. Engineers are vital to Ireland’s progress in virtually every societal area, from digital to medical, infrastructure to environmental advances. STEPS Engineers Week will provide students in Kilkenny with the opportunity to participate in the numerous week-long activities and events. I would encourage all students, teachers and families to get involved and witness first-hand the wonderful ways Irish engineers are pushing the limits of ingenuity, creativity and innovation.”
Highlights of the week-long campaign include:
Held in association with ESB, this six-part video series showcases Ireland’s talented engineers and some engineering projects completed in 2021. Students can also find out more about each engineer featured in the series by accessing the accompanying ‘Meet the Engineer’ summary, which highlights each engineer’s education and career and provides students with some top tips on why they too should consider a career in the profession.
To get involved in the ‘Engineer the Game of the Future’ competition or to download free resources, including engineering activities, shows and documentaries, visit: https://www.engineersireland. ie/schools/engineers-week
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