The Sligo Engineering Fair is an annual weekend public event, produced by ATU Sligo, that takes place during national Engineers Week. The inaugural fair took place in 2019 and in 2020 joined with the Sligo Engineering & Technology Expo, which takes place at the end of April each year, to form the Engineering North West STEM project.
The primary aim of this project is to promote engineering and technology careers to young people, particularly females, and their parents. To engage, primarily young people, in engineering activities that are exciting, fun, challenging, creative and varied.
This event aims to illuminate the public in the North West about the breadth of engineering activity in Ireland and beyond, and how it is pivotal in transforming society for the better. The event will also educate adults (specifically parents) on the kind of work that engineers actually do and with many female engineers will be involved in the day to address the gender misconceptions of engineering careers as predominantly suitable for males.
The project promotes and supports STEM education in engagement with local schools on engineering projects with the event offering the opportunity for the school children to showcase their work and is aimed to achieve wider general public engagement with engineering and its importance in society.
In relation to our activities, a Child Safeguarding Statement has been developed in line with requirements under the Children First Act 2015, Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children (2017), and Tusla’s Child Safeguarding: A Guide for Policy, Procedure and Practice and IT Sligo’s Child Protection Policy. You can download our Child Safeguarding Statement HERE