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'Ireland’s Engineering Superheroes' by Scientific Sue

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ENG-047, Alice Perry Engineering Building

NUI Galway

University Road

H91 HX31 Galway

Ireland

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This highly creative engineering show explores some of the amazing scientific discoveries that lead to incredible engineering feats. We will delve into the worlds of 13 Irish Scientists, whose work spanned 350 years, to see how their discoveries led to engineering inventions which continue to impact our lives today.

We thank Robert Boyle for our expanding marshmallows and potato gun; Sir Hans Sloane for his hot chocolate creation and Joseph Black’s discovery which allows us now to cool our drinks with dry ice; William Reid Clanney for giving engineers an excuse to create explosions in caverns; James Murray for easing stomach aches with alkalis; Thomas Andrews for another excuse to play with dry ice - made with the gas discovered by Joseph Black; Lord Kelvin for his Kelvin temperature scale – which we will use to explore the temperatures of ice cream that will be made and eaten on stage!; Dunlop for his invention that allowed Harry Ferguson to build and fly his own plane and Anne Acheson for applying her knowledge as a sculptress of the human body to invent splints to help the soldiers in WW1. We will then learn how James Martin’s invention of explosive ejector seats saved the life of Neil Armstrong; how Ernest Walton helped split the atom and, finally, how Frank Pantridge invented the mobile defibrillator, which hopefully we won’t need to use during this very energetic and informative show! We will also need lots of budding young engineers to help Scientific Sue on this mind-boggling engineering journey.

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ENG-047, Alice Perry Engineering Building

NUI Galway

University Road

H91 HX31 Galway

Ireland

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