Engineers Week 2015

Engineers Week 2015

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This week is Engineers Week and on the 9th of February Ms McGuone’s 5th class went down to the library for an Engineering Show.

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We learnt about different types of engineers. There are electrical, chemical, civil and mechanical engineers. This is what the engineers do…

Electrical engineers: Electrical engineering is the study of electricity systems like circuits and computer chips, working with electricity generation and transmission, and designing electrical goods. 

Chemical Engineers: Chemical Engineers solve the problems that affect our lives by applying the principles of chemistry.

Civil Engineers: Civil Engineering includes the design and construction of buildings, roads, bridges and dams. It is one of the oldest forms of engineering, and can be dated to the first time someone placed a roof over his or her head or laid a tree trunk across a river to make it easier to cross.

Mechanical Engineers: Mechanical Engineering deals with the application of mechanical power and the design of mechanical systems, machines and tools. 

We walked down to the library on Monday afternoon. We went into the library and we sat down and read books for about two minutes. Then a lady brought us upstairs and we went into a room full of experiments. A lady named Sarah from the Rediscovery Centre talked to us about Engineer Week and what different types of engineers do.

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After Sarah was finished talking to us she split us into five groups and each group did experiments but some groups did the same experiments as other groups.

The first experiment was Snap Circuits. You had to look at pictures in a booklet of different types of circuits and we had to copy them.

The second experiment was Building Bridges. We had to make a bridge out of K-nex and put a plastic hippo and elephant on the bridge and you had to make the bridge so it wouldn’t break.

The next one was Making Bubbles. You had to pour soapy water onto plastic and then you had to get a straw and blow into the soapy water and try to make bubbles and using different amounts drops of glycerine and see which amount of drops made the best bubbles. 

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After we had finished it was about half past two. We said thank you to the people helping and then we got our coats and walked home.

                                                    By: Killian O’Brien and Jack Walters

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