Schools get Xperience

PUPILS at two Louth schools were awarded runners up certificates for their entry in this year’s Engineers Ireland Xperience Engineering Competition 2011.

PUPILS at two Louth schools were awarded runners up certificates for their entry in this year’s Engineers Ireland Xperience Engineering Competition 2011.

St Mary’s NS, Knockbridge students Eoghan McGee, Orlagh Conway, Libby Turnbull and Darren Bailey were awarded certificates in the senior category for their project entitled ‘Cavan Hill Water Treatment’.

Meanwhile, St Oliver’s NS, Carlingford students Cara McAvinney, Rebekah Woods, Lucy Woods, and Oliver McGuinness were recognised in the junior category for their project entitled ‘Tidal Turbines’.

The finals took place in The Helix, Dublin City University on Thursday, June 16. Pupils from Scoil Naomh Fionan, Nohoval, Co Cork were named winners of the Junior category.

Pupils from Harolds Boys National School, Dalkey took the trophy for the prestigious title of the senior category. Both category winners received an interactive whiteboard and trophy for their school.

The theme for this year’s competition 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.

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 career opportunities in engineering.