AOL put students through their paces for Engineers Week with a crash course in coding seeing robots, mazes and gaming take centre stage.
Students from Mercy Secondary School were invited down to AOL’s offices to take part in a range of projects as part of Engineers Week celebrations, with some following on from a December ‘Hour of Code’ event.
Working with Dash the robot, five girls coded in Blockly. Through this, they programmed Dash to drive around in triangles, through a maze, and even push objects through a route.
Engineers Week is a fine time to impress on kids, teachers and parents that being an engineer isn’t just an occupation, it is a quality and a way of thinking that holds the key to everyone’s future.
But a key influence on Engineers Week remains Ireland’s glaring talent gap, thus the need to promote STEM skills to schoolchildren from as early an age as possible.
We’ve already highlighted a list of 10 engineering roles in demand and, to be honest, it could be a far longer list if we wanted it to be.
The STEAM Education organisation and the Marine Renewable Energy Ireland centre have launched the Engineering in a Box programme for primary-level students, which is a help.
The programme, which has already been successfully adopted by the Welsh government, provides lesson plans, as well as all relevant materials and supporting resources, online support and expert mentoring for little makers who want to dismantle things and get their hands dirty.