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Inishowen supports budding engineers 03.03.23

ENGINEERING comes to life in Inishowen next week, as Spraoi agus Spórt kick off a series of events for young people. The free events take place as part of Engineers Week, which gives children a chance to explore the creative and diverse opportunities an engineering career offers.

Spraoi chief executive, Helen Nolan, says events like Engineers Week can help point children to positive future career options. Parents can book a place at www.spraoiagussport.ie or by contacting Programme Coordinator, Aine Kelly at aine@spraoiagussport.ie .

Helen says Engineers Week will bring Spraoi's Digital Creative Lab to a wider range of Inishowen children. “It is an opportunity for children who have had a taste of our STEAM (science, technology, engineering & maths) activities in school and want to do more outside school. The focus is on children who haven’t had a chance yet to have fun learning with programmable robots, electronics, circuits, 3D printing and digital design.”
Cloontagh NS, Clonmany (left) and Urblereagh NS, Malin Head enjoy the activities at Spraoi's Digital Creative Lab.
Spraoi will run activities for 15 young people next week (Monday 6th - Thursday 9th March 2023), ranging from 6-year-olds up to teenagers:

• Monday from 3:30pm to 5pm is for 1st and 2nd class
• Tuesday from 3:30pm to 5pm is for 2nd and 3rd class
• Wednesday from 4pm to 5:30pm is for secondary school students.
• Thursday from 3:30pm to 5pm is for 5th and 6th class

The events will be held at their Digital Creative Lab, Unit 9 at Supervalu.
St Bodens NS, Culdaff enjoy the activities at Spraoi's Digital Creative Lab.
Helen explained: “Aine, Paul and Chris in the Digital Creative Lab have designed new activities open to children as young as 7 to try the equipment and challenges of the Lab for the first time. All of the sessions are free, thanks to local sponsor, Inishowen Co-Op who help fund the Lab.”

Mark Devlin, Engineering Teacher at Carndonagh Community Schools says what Spraoi offers at the lab helps students develop spatial awareness of different objects. “It gets them problem solving and thinking of solutions to problems. It’s cross-curricular, bringing all subjects together such as math, science, engineering and art and it allows them to be imaginative.”
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