Kids get ready to roll on Engineers Week 2011 Bus

Kids get ready to roll on Engineers Week 2011 Bus

14 January 2011 at 00:00
Ireland must do more to promote the importance of mathematics to students at a young age, according to John Power.  He was speaking as the Engineers Week 2011 bus got in to gear to travel around Ireland to promote the benefits of a career in engineering ahead of the week’s commencement on February 14.
 
”The Hunt report this week once again underlined the need to make maths and the sciences central to our education framework due the technological orientation of our leading companies and the growing importance of these subjects in addressing future skills needs.   Engineering remains and will always be a critical pillar of Ireland’s economy and the reality is we need more engineers.  And of course, maths is fundamental to engineering.  So it is critical that we impress upon young students, such as the ones we have here today on our Engineers Week 2011 bus, that maths is nothing to be afraid of and is vital to everyday life.”
 
The Engineers Week 2011 bus will travel around Ireland between 17th and 27th January visiting Belfast, Sligo, Galway, Limerick, Cork, Waterford, Thurles, Carlow and Dublin.  Engineers Week is a campaign held annually by Engineers Ireland to promote engineering as a career and the importance of the profession to Ireland.  The week runs from February 14th to 20th with a different theme every day.  On Wednesday 16th Open Day will see some of Ireland’s largest engineering employers throw open their doors and welcome the public in to learn more about the vital role engineers play in their local community.
 
Volunteer Day on Thursday 17th February will be Engineers Ireland’s second national volunteer day and is a key day in Engineers Week 2011.  On that day, it is planned that volunteer engineers, with the co-operation of their employers and local schools, will enter classes across the country and speak with students to improve their knowledge and appreciation of maths as well as tell them about the benefits of a career in engineering.
 
For more information and to view the calendar of events happening during the week log onto www.engineersweek.ie
 
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