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Health Zone Report – Feb-March 2018

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This event was quieter than expected due to bad weather causing many schools across Ireland to close during the first week of the event. The disruption meant that teachers had to cancel lessons they had planned to run on I’m an Engineer. In total, sixteen chats had to be cancelled across the event with many teachers unable to rearrange. This caused our averages across the event to be a lot lower than in previous years.

The Health Zone was a themed zone supported by Wellcome.

  • Pattie is a PhD researcher looking at how stretching stem cells in blood vessels can keep them
  • Karl works for MSD creating new medicines for patients
  • Ivor studies how bone cells sense when we are walking and what happens in conditions such as osteoporosis
  • Fiona, the winner of this zone, is a postdoctoral researcher using 3D printing to design new bone implants
  • Eoin is a PhD student studying the heart and designing new medical devices that help with heart disease
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Space Zone Report – Feb-March 2018

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The Space Zone was funded by Science Foundation Ireland.

  • Willi is a professor in mechanical and materials engineering who has been working on the first Irish satellite
  • Lána is a PhD student also working on the satellite as well as studying dying stars
  • Jonathan is a teaching associate at the International Space University
  • James designs spacecraft for the European Space Agency
  • Eimear, the winner of this zone, is a satellite data researcher studying the coastal environment

Thirteen students and three engineers logged in for an evening chat on the last Thursday of the event where students could show their parents the event and ask questions. This was the first time we had run this evening session and most of the students stayed online chatting with the engineers for the full hour.

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Robotics Zone Report – Feb-March 2018

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The Robotics Zone was funded by Science Foundation Ireland, with five engineers working in different areas of robotics engineering.

  • Patrick is a PhD student researching robot manipulation
  • Graham, the winner of this zone, is an oceanographic engineer looking at data from buoys in the ocean
  • Dino is working on robots that can be controlled by voice commands and virtual reality
  • Cara is developing a robot companion to keep children calm when they have to go into hospital
  • Aisling is studying how computers work and how we create and translate what they have to say

This was the quietest zone in this event with the lowest number of students logging in and questions in Ask. We assigned places to 14 schools, but only were six able to take part because of the weather disruption. Some teachers did hand out login cards so interested students could log in from home and use ASK section, and three students made use of the evening chat for families on the final Thursday.

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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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Posted on February 20, 2015 modantony in Zone Reports | Leave a comment