US military cadets to promote engineering in schools

A GROUP of elite cadets from the US military academy at West Point will this week visit schools in Limerick to share with hundreds of primary students the excitement that engineering and science have to offer.

The University of Limerick is hosting Colonel Stephen Ressler, Professor of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at West Point, two other West Point engineering faculty members and seven military cadets.

They will visit seven primary schools around Limerick to show how civil engineers use maths and science to design the structures that are part of everyday lives.

The students will be involved in in-class activities that demonstrate some of the basic science and maths concepts that engineers put into practice. The children will use interactive computer programmes to design structures, and then build and test their designs in the playground.

Schools participating in the 10-day exercise include Corpus Christi, Our Lady of Lourdes, Our Lady Queen of Peace, Ahane NS, Model School, Milford NS. Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh students, the only secondary school involved, have postponed their holidays by one day to take part.

Col Ressler said: “This project provides us with a wonderful opportunity to contribute to the youth of Ireland through engineering outreach. But I must also emphasise that the youth of Ireland are contributing wonderfully to the development of our seven cadets. This is a fine learning experience for all of us.”

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