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Stranmillis Joins IET On Campus

On Wednesday 13th December 2017, Stranmillis had the pleasure of welcoming Professor Eileen Harkin-Jones (Ulster University), along with representatives from BT, ‘IET On Campus’ and Queen’s University Belfast, to celebrate Stranmillis University College joining ‘IET On Campus’ (IET is the  Institution of Engineering and Technology) and to view an exhibition that showcased the work and ideas of students from Year 1 to Year 4 in relation to teaching engineering at primary school level. Dr Irene Bell reports:

The event began with a presentation from Prof. Harkin-Jones outlining the importance engineering has in our lives, and how this relevance will continue to grow in the future. She emphasised the lack of exposure to engineering in the primary curriculum and the need to introduce children to it at a young age. She highlighted how engineering has the ability to provide practical, curiosity-fostering activities that will develop and enhance a range of thinking skills amongst children in the primary classroom, and also the importance of engaging girls with this crucial science.

The event also celebrated the acceptance of Stranmillis University College into the IET On Campus grouping. Normally IET On Campus works with students undertaking engineering degrees, so we were delighted to be accepted into the association.  Michael Shaw, STEM President for Stranmillis thanked Brendan Digney (QUB) the Chairperson of IET Young Professionals NI who has worked with Michael in bringing Stranmillis into the IET On Campus family. Prof. Harkin-Jones concluded her presentation with a note on how the implementation of the IET On Campus Group demonstrated outstanding commitment to STEM across education in Northern Ireland by the staff and students in Stranmillis.

After Prof. Harkin-Jones’ presentation, TEL 1&2 became an exhibition space in which Stranmillis students displayed their engineering-related activities and distributed lots of ideas for students beginning School-Based Work in the Spring.

Top: Dr Irene Bell with guest speaker Prof Eileen Harkin-Jones (UU)
Middle: Year 1 BEd Primary Science specialist students Leigh McQuaid and Rebecca Marcus display their Water Wall.
Bottom: Some attendees discussing the work of Year 3 BEd Primary students Alice Ashfield and Karen Lennox.

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