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Engineering the Ireland of tomorrow – siblings Connor Hobbs (age 9) and Eleanor Hobbs (age 7) pictured at last year’s Family Day at Engineers Ireland’s headquarters in Ballsbridge, Dublin. A series of Family Fairs to inspire Ireland’s future engineers through interactive workshops, hands-on activities and spectacular shows will take place in Cork, Dublin, Galway and Sligo on Sunday, 29 Feb and Saturday, 1 March to kick off STEPS Engineers Week 2020. Now its 14th year, STEPS Engineers Week is a campaign held annually to promote engineering as a career and the importance of the profession to Ireland.  Taking place from Saturday, 29 February –  Friday, 6 March, the initiative is coordinated by Engineers Ireland’s STEPS programme – funded by Science Foundation Ireland, the Department of Education and Skills and industry leaders ARUP, ESB, Intel and Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII).

A series of Family Fairs to inspire Ireland’s future engineers through interactive workshops, hands-on activities and spectacular shows will take place in Cork, Dublin, Galway and Sligo to kick off STEPS Engineers Week 2020.

Now its 14th year, STEPS Engineers Week is a campaign held annually to promote engineering as a career and the importance of the profession to Ireland.  Taking place from Saturday, 29 February –  Friday, 6 March, the initiative is coordinated by Engineers Ireland’s STEPS programme – funded by Science Foundation Ireland, the Department of Education and Skills and industry leaders ARUP, ESB, Intel and Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII).

On Saturday, 29 February at NUI Galway, families will get the opportunity to build wind turbines, take part in 3D printing demonstrations, water magic workshops, test their superhero powers and more at this fun, free, full-day family event in the Alice Perry Building on campus.

On Sunday, 1 March, IT Sligo and the Old Cork Waterworks Experience will both host free to attend Engineers Week family activities to inspire the next generation of engineers.

At IT Sligo, families will get the opportunity to meet Robothespian, a humanoid acting robot, build and launch rockets, and discover how engineers design cars that go hundreds of miles an hour, build structures that can survive earthquakes, and cook food by using only mirrors.

Meanwhile in Cork, the Old Cork Waterworks Experience will offer parents and children alike the opportunity to drive VEX robots, take part in LEGO construction challenges and follow engineering trails.

In Dublin, on Saturday, 29 February and Sunday, 1 March, Engineers Ireland, the professional membership body for engineers, will open its headquarters in Ballsbridge for two-days of hands-on activities and workshops led by Explorium, Scientific Sue and Silly Billy. The Reptile Zoo and Whizz Kids will also offer workshops and learning experiences throughout the weekend for a nominal fee of €5 per child. Every parent and child who attends STEPS Engineers Week Family Fair in Dublin will also be provided with complimentary tickets to visit Explorium in Sandyford during Engineers Week to engage in further STEM activities.

Caroline Spillane, Director General of Engineers Ireland, said:  “The STEPS Engineers Week Family Fairs in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Sligo will bring the fascinating world of engineering to life and provide parents and children with the opportunity to dream, invent and create like professional engineers.”

“Engineering is more than just bridges and structures, engineers are responsible for designing and creating the technology behind virtual reality, the invisible technology that supports our daily lives and finding solutions to tackle climate change. I would encourage families to attend a Family Fair and find out more about how Irish engineers are pushing the limits of innovation.”

Dr Ruth Freeman, Director, Science for Society, Science Foundation Ireland said: “The Engineers Week Family Fairs are a wonderful opportunity for families to explore the creative and boundless opportunities a career in STEM can offer. Families will be able to participate in hands-on activities, workshops and shows, and engage in meaningful career conversations with professionals. I would encourage parents, grandparents and guardians to save the date in their diaries and come along to find out more about the exciting world of engineering.”

For more information about the STEPS Engineers Week Family Fairs in Dublin, Galway, Cork and Sligo and to pre-book activities, visit: https://www.engineersweek.ie/family-fairs/

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Lords of Strut, Famous Seamus and Seantastic, pictured at the launch of Ribena Frusion Art Infusions, a unique painting class infused with dance, hosted by the Lords of Strut. Grab your ticket https://ribenafrusionartinfusion.eventbrite.ie

The charismatic comedy duo will host a painting class – through the medium of dance.

Britain’s Got Talent stars Lords of Strut are teaming up with Ribena Frusion, Ribena’s fruit-infused blackcurrant water, to announce the launch of Ribena Frusion Art Infusions – an art class infused with some unexpected feel-good fun. Lords of Strut dance duo, Famous Seamus and Seantastic, will host this unique painting class infused with dance at the RHA on February 27th.

A limited number of tickets to the once-in-a-lifetime, two-hour class, hosted by Lords of Strut, are available to purchase for €5 on Eventbrite now https://ribenafrusionartinfusion.eventbrite.ie. With the recent growth in the demand for unconventional feel-good events like Painting and Pottery events, Bingo Loco and Drag Brunch, tickets for Ribena Frusion Art Infusions are expected to sell out fast.

Budding artists who take the class will also be treated to a taste of Ribena Frusion – a refreshing and delicate blackcurrant water, naturally infused with real fruits. Ribena has used its 80 years of ‘Blackcurrant Artistry’ to create a feel-good thirst-quencher with the added taste of blueberries bringing a refreshingly fruity taste, that contains no sweeteners, is low in calories, and rich in the antioxidant Vitamin C which helps protect your cells from oxidative stress.

Speaking in anticipation of the event, Famous Seamus and Seantastic from Lords of Strut, said: “We are excited to fuse the art of dance with the art of art, partnering with Ribena Frusion.  We un-berry-lievably hadn’t painted before. Inspired by Ribena Frusion’s blackcurrant artistry – I, Seantastic, decided to paint Famous Seamus, like one of those french girls Leo DiCaprio knew, as he was lounging in the park enjoying some Ribena Frusion with blueberries. It may be the start of a new career for the both of us.”

Speaking about the launch of Ribena Frusion Art Infusions, Michelle Darlington, Marketing Manager Ribena and Orangina, said: “Ribena Frusion is made ‘For Water Lovers’ who want and expect something extra when quenching their thirst. With Ribena Frusion Art Infusions, we want to quench a growing desire for creative activities infused with feel-good fun. Anyone who’s seen Lords of Strut perform knows this will be an art class unlike any other.”

Tickets for the Ribena Fusion Art Infusions painting class hosted by Lords of Strut on February 27th can be purchased here, while tickets last: https://ribenafrusionartinfusion.eventbrite.ie

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