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Engineering for Primary Schools

ENGINEERING IN A BOX

As research shows the optimum age to spark children’s interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) is from 9-13, engineering classes are being funded by Cork City Council at two Cork primary schools.  This 10 week engineering programme is designed to show the fifth class pupils how engineers have converted predicaments into progress in the areas of shelter, transport, biomedical devices, communications, energy and more. The steering group for Learning Neighbourhoods Togher partnered with Steam Education Ltd to enable children at Togher Boy’s School and Scoil An Athar Maithiu (Togher Girls School) to participate in the 10 week  Engineering in a Box scheme. 

STEAM Education Ltd placed an engineering PhD/postgrad into each school to deliver the lessons. The programme is aimed at getting children thinking about engineering as a career and gets them started on basic principles of problem solving, design and engineering in an innovative, fun and engaging way.

Cork City Council RAPID co-ordinator, Sandra O’Meara said: “The scheme has been successful in many other schools - where businesses have sponsored their local school to participate.  However, schools in this community traditionally find it difficult to secure sponsorship from large companies, therefore Cork City Council through Creative Ireland funding and RAPID funding agreed to sponsor the scheme, with a small contribution from both schools. It has been a fantastic opportunity for young people and teachers in Togher”.

Learning Neighbourhoods is a local inter-agency committee working with the learning and education organisations and residents in areas of Cork city to promote and develop active local lifelong learning.  It includes Cork City Council, the two primary schools, UCC, local community groups, youth groups and local community representatives.

The programme was delivered from September last year and there will be a graduation ceremony for the students in UCC on February 26.

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