DkIT Hosts ‘Guiding Girls into Engineering’ workshop, part of this year’s Engineers Week

07 March 2019

The School of Engineering at Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) were delighted to host the Irish Girl Guides (IGG) including Naomh Bhuite Brownies (girls aged 7-10) and Monasterboice Guide and Senior Branch units (girls aged 10-16) at this week’s Workshop at DkIT.

Held to celebrate Engineers Week 2019, the workshop coincided with the global celebrations marking International Women’s Day, a coincidence which reinforced even more the message of the workshop - to inspire and motivate young females to actively participate in Engineering and Science activities that benefit their everyday lives and their communities and to inform and encourage them to engage in activities and careers within the Engineering Sector.

Organised by DkIT Lecturer Antoinette Rourke, and facilitated by staff and students from the School of Engineering, the workshop formed part of the ‘Guiding Girls into Engineering’ programme developed by leaders within IGG, as an informal active learning programme that introduces the many and varied careers available to girls in the STEM area but particularly Engineering, including the Built Environment, Construction and Civil Engineering, Renewable Energy and Engineering Trades.

Speaking about the aims of the workshop, DkIT Lecturer Antoinette commented:

Few young girls consider a career in the STEM sector and also fail to be encouraged to take part in activities that have been traditionally associated with boys/young men. It is hoped that this programme will inspire and motivate young girls to take part in these careers and activities to enhance the equality and diversity of those that support local, regional and national development.”

Throughout the workshop at DkIT, the Girl Guides and Brownies took part in activities including building the longest bridge, building the tallest structure, practical plumbing and a construction materials session to test if concrete can float.


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