Mixture of modern and old creates 'fair' paper
The Junior Cert higher level Metalwork paper was "well received and the use of visually stunning images and graphics to stimulate students was welcomed by all", according to teacher Donal Cremin.
The paper featured questions on smart technology, hoverboard design and a selfie stick, as well as asking students about the impact of social media on society.
Mr Cremin, an Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) subject representative of Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore, Co Kerry, said, overall, the paper was seen as "fair, but challenging in places".
He noted that the syllabus was about to change to Junior Cycle Engineering and said it was "good to see modern engagement with the old syllabus while still including traditional questions on matching alloys and the production of steel".
Mr Cremin said many students would have liked the question on the all-terrain vehicle, as a "great example of the evolving engineering world in which students live".
Modern manufacturing processes, such as 3D printing and laser technology, also featured.
He said the ordinary level paper, again featuring "excellent images and graphics", was also well received, and included some nice design questions based on a child's buggy and a napkin holder.
Earlier in the day, Junior Cert candidates sat Spanish and, according to ASTI subject representative Mark Walshe, the ordinary level paper was "fairly accessible for all students" but the higher level was "a good bit more challenging".
He said in the listening comprehension students were greeted with "perennial questions about the weather and looking for directions" as well as also topical issues, such as a Spanish Netflix series, a new Mexican film and whether mobile devices should be in the classroom.
Two themes emerged in the higher level paper, one was Latin America and, in common with a lot of the State exams this year, environmental issues was the other.