Engineering Your Future–a week of adventures in engineering at DIT

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Between the end of classes and exams, the RoboSlam crew enjoys teaching Transition Year students who have curiosity about engineering in to learn about electronics and robot-building. Each year, we chip in as part of a week-long program hosted by our College and funded in part by Engineers Ireland.

This year, the RoboSlam staff led three days of programming. We hosted 40 teenagers — 34 women and 6 men–at our academic building on Kevin Street, in Dublin. One of the days featured a new activity, BioSlam, that Ted has recently designed.

Engineering Your Future 2017 197Below are photos of the two RoboSlam days. WorkPress shows them in reverse chronological order, which can be a bit frustrating, but you’ll see the excitement in the room during competition right from the start the you view the album below. (We will aim to upload Ted’s photos of BioSlam later.)

Students applied for this program through Engineers Ireland, and applications are accepted each year for slots in engineering programmes offered my many different Higher Education Institutions in Ireland.

Here’s the general schedule for the week, developed by Mark Deegan, our college’s engagement officer:

Monday 8th May – Introductions and Spaghetti Bridge Competition
09:00: DIT Bolton Street (use Kings’ Inns Street Entrance and come to Coffee Dock)
Hot lunch provided. There is a café on-site for small break.
16:30: Finish – DIT Bolton Street
 
Tuesday 9th May – RoboSlam
09:00: DIT Kevin Street (Gather in foyer of Kevin Street)
Hot lunch provided. There is a café on-site for small break.
16:30: Finish – DIT Kevin Street
Wednesday 10th May – Site Visits
09:00: DIT Bolton Street – Gather at Coffee Dock
Site visits to:
Siemens Diagnostic Healthcare, Swords
DIT Aviation Technology Centre, Dublin Airport
DIT Grangegorman New Campus
A packed lunch will be provided. There is a café on-site for small break.
16:30: Finish – DIT Grangegorman, please note that this day finishes in a separate location from where it started
Thursday 11th May – BioSlam
09:00: DIT Kevin Street – Gather in Foyer of Kevin Street
Hot lunch provided. There is a café on-site for small break.
16:30: Finish – DIT Kevin Street
Friday 12th May – RoboSlam Finals
09:00: DIT Kevin Street – Gather in Foyer of Kevin Street
Hot lunch provided. There is a café on-site for small break.
16:30: Finish – DIT Kevin Street
A public Google Map called “DIT – EYF Locations” shows the relevant locations we used.
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About shannonchance

Shannon Chance, PhD, LEED-AP, Registered Architect Marie Curie Research Fellow at Dublin Institute of Technology
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