We have always recognised the importance of the STEAM subjects – science, technology, engineering, arts and maths. As our CEO Jim Curley put it:
“If we are to truly stay at the cutting edge of construction, innovation and project delivery and continue to lead on a worldwide scale we need to draw on our national gift of an abundance of creativity. If we can blend the technical with the creative talents, we open the possibility of keeping our ‘edge’ nationally, but more importantly for the long term internationally.”
This was our 4th year supporting the Engineering-in-a-Box programme which was a resounding success. Two of our Engineers, Dave McSweeny and Thomas McCarthy completed the programme with 4th class pupils in Cork. Dave and Thomas began each lesson with an outline and used a variety of teaching methods including videos, powerpoints, experiments, group discussions and personal experience. The pupils then took part in group experiments where their creativity and ingenuity was put to the test. Afterwards homework questions allowed them to further engage and ensured that the lessons learned were brought home where a dialogue could be further opened up between child and parent/guardian on what they had learned that day.
“The chance the children are getting to learn about the different forms of engineering is a wonderful opportunity for them. It is of huge benefit to them as it shows them exactly what engineering is and what the different forms of engineering are. The group experiments were excellent each week and the pupils loved taking part in these where they worked together to create a number of constructions and gadgets. This was always one of the highlights of the week for the class.
Many thanks for delivering the programme again this year. Once again, it was delivered in a professional, caring and fun way which ensured the children were excited each time you came in to teach them.”
-Rory, Sandra & Catriona (4th Class Teachers)
We are proud to play our part in inspiring the next generation and we believe the Engineering-in-a-Box programme is a fantastic way for us to connect with our local community and inspire children through fun and engaging learning.
STEAM Education is a not-for-profit social enterprise, to find out more about the work they do or to get involved visit their website here.