Xperience Engineering Champions 2011

Xperience Engineering Champions 2011

10 June 2011 at 00:00
Engineers Ireland, STEPS programme, today announced that students from Co. Cork & Dublin have been crowned winners of the Engineers Ireland Xperience Engineering Competition 2011. The finals took place in The Helix, DCU, Dublin 9 on 9th June 2011.
 
Students from Scoil Naomh Fionan, Nohoval, Co Cork were winners of the Junior category with students from Harolds Boys National School, Dalkey taking the trophy for the prestigious title of the senior category. Both category winners received an interactive whiteboard and trophy for their school.
 
Last December all registered primary schools were sent out a pack from Engineers Ireland highlighting the theme for this year's competition which was 'Engineering a Cleaner World'. Over a four month period, participants worked on their projects. Recurring themes included water treatment, flooding, wind and wave power and electric cars.
 
Congratulating the teams, John Power, Director General of Engineers Ireland, said: "The Xperience Engineering project has a long history with schools around Ireland. This is the 3rd year of the competition and each year I'm delighted with the level of interest and enthusiasm as well as the high calibre of projects that are entered. 
 
"Today's winners should be very proud of themselves. They've managed to be named best in their category out of hundreds of competing students around the country. As Ireland moves out of recession and progresses as a nation in areas including engineering, science and technology it's important that we continue to nurture our students and provide them with the right environment to develop their talents. With this in mind I'd like to thank all the teachers around Ireland who helped their students to develop their ideas to enter the competition. Congratulations on a job well done."
 
The competition is divided into two categories, the first targeting 3rd-4th class and the second focusing on 5th-6th class. The top 20 projects from each category were chosen to represent their school at the Xperience Engineering National Final.
 
The 'Xperience Engineering' competition is just one of the activities run by the Engineers Ireland STEPS programme, designed to encourage students to explore the world of engineering and science, and inform them of the fantastic career opportunities in engineering.
 
For information on STEPS, Engineers Ireland's Programme and the Xperience Engineering project please call a member of the STEPS team on 01-6651340, email: info@steps.ie, or simply log onto www.steps.ie