Tipperary students at WIT.
The three-day hands-on programme gave the students a meaningful, practical insight into engineering at third level and as a career.
The programme is designed to introduce transition year students to the exciting and diverse world of engineering, and to help them gain an in-depth understanding of the diversity of engineering at third level and in industry. During the programme, students participated and enjoyed workshops on energy and building services; physics; mobile phones; electrical and electronic; architecture 3D printing and materials testing; robotics; and visited local factories Schivo and Nypro.
The annual transition year programme is supported by Engineers Ireland's STEPS programme - a strategic partner of Science Foundation Ireland’s Smart Futures initiative – and hosted by a number of third-level institutes throughout Ireland. Around 330 students attended EYF across Ireland in May.
EYF students are tracked over a number of years to monitor their educational and career journeys. 40% of students who took part in Engineering Your Future in 2014 are now studying engineering in their first year in college, and 64% are studying STEM (science technology engineering or maths). 80% of students who took part said the EYF programme helped them decide on their CAO choices.