Gearing up for Engineers’ Week!

Owenabue Brownies in Carrigaline, Co Cork, were all delighted to earn their Engineering badge in the run up to Engineers’ Week.

Here Frances McCarthy (Snowy Owl) tells us how they got on working on the badge:

Owenabue Brownies turned into structural engineers for three weeks as we tackled our Engineering badge. We met real-life engineer Siobhán Palmer of PM Group, who told us about her work as a structural engineer.

“They design buildings and stuff like that,” says one of the Brownies, Róisín.

We then got busy planning and making spaghetti towers and the next week we took a trip to space and had a go making a moon shelter model. Lots of teamwork in action!

“We designed mini-buildings with jellies and cocktail sticks and that was our favourite bit,” say Freya and Evie.

The teams then drew plans for their spaghetti – marshmallow towers before making them. Well done to the six with the tallest building! “We were working as a team,” say the Gnomes.

On our third meeting we took a trip to the moon and designed and made a moon shelter from newspaper. “I liked rolling up the newspaper,” says one Brownie and everyone enjoyed going into the shelter.

Try it with your Brownies too! You can find instructions at NASA’s Space Place and for the mini buildings at Science Foundation Ireland’s Primary Science.