UCD-TRUSS ITN at Willow Park Junior School in Science Week 2016

Science Week Ireland is an annual event with the purpose of making science more interesting and accessible to children and adults alike. It highlights how science, technology and engineering are hugely relevant to us all in our everyday lives, lead to interesting and exciting career options and develop creativity in our children (source: www.science.ie). In this year’s Science week, UCD School of Civil Engineering organised an activity together with TRUSS ITN (http://trussitn.eu) and the Willow Park Junior School in Blackrock (Dublin) on the Tuesday 15th November 2016 from 11 am to 1 pm. The activity gave about one-hundred 9 years old boys the opportunity to participate in hands on building construction, discovering topics such as stability, equilibrium, forces, materials and many more. 

The class was divided into teams of four students, who were all provided with the same amount of spaghetti and tape to build the tallest possible free standing structure. A marshmallow, that had to be placed at the top of the structure, served as reference to measure the height of all structures and to decide the winner. During the challenge, the teams received the support of John O’Sullivan and Patrick Purcell (academic staff from UCD School of Civil Engineering), Aoife Ahern (Head of UCD School of Civil Engineering and leader of WP3 on training in TRUSS), Loreto Manriquez (TRUSS project manager), and our TRUSS Early Stage Researchers registered as PhD students in UCD: Shah Nur Alam SouravGuang ZouGiulia MilanaFarhad Huseynov and Barbara Heitner. There were TRUSS sweets for all participants and TRUSS-UCD hoodies were awarded to the winning team. Our video captures some of the action on the day.