Engineers’ Den Final, 2016

The final of Engineers’ Den took place in the Townhall, Westport, County Mayo on Wednesday 18th May. In association with Engineers Ireland, the competition aims to grow awareness of the need for investment in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) in schools, showcase engineering as an exciting and diverse career option for students and to foster a culture of passion and innovation in engineering in the next generation.

The shortlisted teams, which competed in the final, were the following:
Category – National school:

• Team Multi-usable Arm from Newport National School with the project “Hydraulic Arm” (Winner)
• Team A.M.B.R.J. from Newport National School with the project “Dancercise”
• Team Foireann na Cruaiche from the Gaelscoil na Cruaiche with the project “4URKIDS”

Category – Secondary School Junior:

• Team Halfoy from St Colman’s College with the project “Bale Buster” (Winner)
• Team The Hitmen from Our Lady’s Secondary School with the project “Slurry Tanker Cleaner”

Category – Secondary School Senior:

• Team Make A Mark from Gortnor Abbey school with the project “Sheep Marker Gun” (Winner)
• Team Safe Balance from St Colman’s College with the project “Safety Device”
The People’s Choice Award, with over 1600 public votes, went to Make A Mark, who received 29% of the votes. The winning teams demonstrated a passion for engineering and the ability to work successfully as a team. The winners received prizemoney towards investing in equipment for the school.

From entry stages to judging, there was a high number of applicants with quality entries. After extensive examination, several teams from three categories (primary, secondary junior and secondary senior) were shortlisted to compete in the final. Each participated in a five-minute pitch followed by a Q&A session, in front of a live audience and judging panel, which included Aiden Corcoran, CEO at Horizon Life Sciences Group; Gary Dillon, Director of Contract Services, Team Horizon; Dee Kehoe, CPD Director at Engineers Ireland; and Sean Gallagher, Entrepreneur and CEO at Clyde Real Estate.

Judging at the final, Aiden Corcoran, Executive Chairman of Team Horizon said:

Team Horizon is very proud to have organised such a great competition. It is extremely important for us to inspire our future generations about engineering and STEM subjects, and this competition aligns directly with our values and objectives and reinforces the importance of STEM in Irish society. There were a number of high quality entries and this demonstrates a passion among young people for the science sector.