Monday, June 05, 2017

Young Engineers Summer Camp

The Young Engineers Camp is returning to Kilcullen Community Centre this summer, writes Brian Byrne.

Conducted by Scott Ziglinski and Edwina Deegan — from Portland, Oregon, and Kildare respectively — the Camp will run from 8-11 August and is aimed at children currently in 1st and 2nd Class at Primary School.

It’s a creative and fun programme where, among other things, the participants will build a 7-track roller coaster, and make a sail cart operated by lung power.

Mostly it will be about tapping the imagination and ability of the children to demystify some of the physics behind how mechanical things work, and perhaps even stimulate some of them to be the country’s future engineers.

The Camp sessions will be 10am-1pm each day, and the course cost is €80 per child. More about it all here, or call 087 2506785.

Scott Ziglinski founded Elementary Engineering in 2002 and brought it to Ireland in 2006. He spent nine years working with schools and teachers in Kerry and considers himself a Kerryman with an American accent. He now works with a number of schools in Leinster, including Whitecross National School. Edwina Deegan joined the Elementary Engineering team in 2012. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education.