Engineers Week to encourage students to get into engineering

15 Feb 2012

Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn and John Power, director general of Engineers Ireland at the launch of Engineers Week 2012

Engineers Week 2012 will take place across Ireland between 27 February and 4 March, with the Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn joining the initiative to encourage students, schools and parents to get involved.

The week-long series of events is being run by Engineers Ireland to promote engineering as a career and to highlight the importance of the profession in Ireland.

The theme for this year’s Engineers Week is ‘Connecting Our Lives’ and events across the week will include the launch of the 2012 State of Ireland infrastructure report and an ‘ethical hackathon’ to highlight security issues for third-level technology students.

Volunteer engineers will enter schools to talk about the importance of maths. Engineering employers will also have organised tours of their facilities to help the public learn more about what they do.

“I hope that the events planned as part of Engineers Week 2012 will show students that maths is important in everyday life. This is a key principle of the new Project Maths programme, which is being rolled out across all post-primary schools,” said Quinn.

“I encourage schools to log onto to see which organisations are hosting events in their local area and to find out the many activities available for students.” is hosting Skills February, a month dedicated to news, reports, interviews and videos covering a range of topics on the digital skills debate.