THE next generation of budding engineers got a better understanding of local employer Analog Devices Inc (ADI) last weekend during a special Family Open Day at their plant in Raheen Business Park.
More than a thousand people attended the daylong event, which was packed full of interactive activities, talks and demonstrations.
Through fun science experiments and robotics workshops, children’s imaginations were awakened and their curiosity encouraged as they got a closer look at ADI and its role as an employer, a global technology leader and a long-standing promoter of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.
The world of engineering was brought to life when guest speaker Dr Niamh Shaw, an Irish engineer, scientist, performer and explorer of all things Space, delivered three separate talks and a number of ADI employees delivered demos on some of the innovative projects initiated at the Limerick plant.
Adults and children also had an opportunity to take a Virtual Reality tour of the manufacturing clean room with VR headsets and dress up in clean room gear.
Denis Doyle, Vice President of Manufacturing at Analog Devices Inc, said, “For over 40 years our operation has been embedded in the local community. And during that time we have held a formidable presence on the Irish and global technology scene. The Family Open Day gave everyone working for Analog Devices a unique opportunity to showcase why we stand at the forefront of technological development and show how they contribute to it.
“It can be hard explaining to family and friends what we do at work, why it’s so important and why we spend so much time there. Through the Open Day we could demonstrate how our technology and solutions have a profound impact on people’s lives and on our environment.”