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Energy Zone Report – March 2017

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The Energy Zone was a themed zone for primary schools, funded by Science Foundation Ireland. Roisín is an electrical engineer making sure everyone in Ireland has enough electricity, Robert is developing biocoal – a renewable energy source helping to move society away from fossil fuels and Karen works at an airport making sure airplane fuel gets to where it’s needed. Dave is an electronics engineering master’s student studying electricity and Cathal is a PhD student researching ways to make electricity plants better for the environment.

This was a busy zone with a higher than average number of questions asked by students. Some students found the sometimes complicated topics difficult to understand, but all the engineers were good at explaining their work in simple terms.

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Health Zone Report – March 2017

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The Health Zone was a themed zone, funded by Wellcome. Veasna is a PhD student studying how to help bones heal faster after surgery, David, the winner of this zone, is a Postdoctoral Fellow designing and testing medical implants and Claire C is a researcher working with doctors to better understand how devices such as stents for the heart perform in the body. Claire B is a lecturer researching ways that different cells can be used to implant into babies with heart problems, and Bobby is a PhD student looking at ways to use lightweight materials in bio-engineering applications.

The zone was mostly on topic and lots of students in this zone were interested in careers, asking about the engineers’ individual experiences of becoming and working as an engineer. The zone was quiet compared to the other two zones in March’s event, with a below average number of students logged in.

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Space Zone Report – March 2017

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The Space Zone was a themed zone, funded by the Science Foundation Ireland. Norah is a faculty member at the International Space University, Kevin works for Airbus making sure spaceships survive their trip and Jenny uses satellites to study the oceans and coastal areas. James, the winner of this zone, works in Japan making satellites and robots that explore space and Dominic is an optical engineer at the European Space Agency.

The zone was on topic, with students engaging really well with space and the engineers’ different areas of work. James was the most active in the event, making up over half of all live chat lines by engineers and, together with Dominic, accounted for over 80% of all answers in ASK.

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Space Zone Report – February 2016

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The Space Zone was a themed zone funded by the Science Foundation Ireland Discover programme. Ned is Director of the EurOcean Foundation working with satellites to study the oceans, Colin works at Airbus Defence and Space, Aisling and Laurence work for the European Space Agency and Niamh is a performer who promotes space science and engineering.

The zone had many busy live chats with most of the engineers engaging well with the students, discussing science and engineering as a career and the different routes they had taken to get into their current roles. Questions in ASK were focussed on the topic of space in general, as well as specific projects the engineers had worked on. Ned and Colin, the final two engineers, accounted for over half of answers in ASK and lines of live chat between them.

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Coding Zone Report – February 2016

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The Coding Zone was a themed zone funded by the Science Foundation Ireland Discover programme, and included engineers who use programming and coding in a variety of ways. Conor designs and builds robots that help elderly and disabled people to live independently, Jeffrey is Head of Development for the app parkbytext, Sarah works as Technical Lead for a travel website, Frederik teaches computers how to learn from their own experiences and Ilaria studies Biomedical engineering.

The zone was busy and engaged, with a large amount of questions asking for guidance on how to learn more about engineering and developing technical skills. The zone winner, Conor, was especially good in the ASK section giving many long and detailed answers. Jeffrey, who came in second place, was particularly active in the live chats and accounted for half of all the total chat by engineers.

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Metre Zone Report – November 2015

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The Metre Zone was a general engineering zone funded by the Science Foundation Discover programme. It featured engineers from a mix of different backgrounds, such as IT systems, biomedical engineering and civil engineering.  Questions in ASK and discussions in live chat were focused on the personal experiences of the engineers and questions about their current roles and projects, such as medical devices and sanitation.

The zone was the largest so far in I’m an Engineer Ireland, with students from 16 schools submitting nearly 650 questions. The final two engineers, Martin and Nicola, contributed 75% of the total answers and live chat content. Martin was particularly good in live chats, attending 11 of the 13 sessions

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Boole Zone Report – February 2015

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The Boole Zone coincided with Engineers Week in Ireland and it is the third I’m an Engineer zone to involve Irish schools and engineers. In total 377 students from 11 schools registered to take part, making this the largest I’m an Engineer zone in the country so far.

Overall, there was a high level of engagement from the engineers and the top four answered a similar amount of questions in ASK. Padraic, the zone winner, attended every available CHAT and typed the most lines on average during them (60). It was notable that every engineer attended CHATS after they were evicted.

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Energy Zone Report – November 2014

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The Energy Zone had a very high percentage of active students, up to 91% of the registered students chatted, asked a question, commented or voted in the site. Laura Tobin, the zone winner, attended to every live chat and was therefore responsible of more than half of the scientists’ lines of live chat. The number of answers to ASK questions, on the other hand, was well distributed among the five engineers who took part in this zone.

 

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Kelvin Zone Report – November 2014

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The Kelvin Zone was part of our first I’m an Engineer event in Ireland and it was the first General Engineering Zone we’ve ever done. An average of two questions per student were approved and sent to the engineers, and 91% of all students who registered were active on the site, in spite of being a quiet zone with only 116 registered students.  The five engineers taking part in the event engaged really well, even Lisa Phelan, who took part from California and was waking up early to meet the students in the live chats.

 

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