Student-friendly papers in Engineering for Ordinary and Honours level
Student friendly papers greeted Leaving Certificate Engineering candidates at both levels today, according to teacher Eamonn Dennehy.
With projects and practicals already out of the way, only 50pc of the marks were up for grabs in the higher level written paper, and 40pc at ordinary level.
Mr Dennehy, of Heywood Community School, Ballinakill, Laois and a subject representative with the Association of Secondary Teachers’ Ireland (ASTI), said the higher level paper was well structured and followed the usual format.
But he said “student would have had to draw from their own experience and apply their learning to solve some of the problems posed.”
Mr Dennehy is impressed with the way the papers have evolved to reflect new technologies, and noted that this year one of the questions for for higher level candidates was about 3D printing.
“This is of growing importance as a manufacturing methods, including for prosthetics and this was referred to in the question on materials testing,” he said.
Mr Dennehy said there was a good choice of questions on both papers and he praised the use of diagrams and graphics, which, he said, would help students put questions in context.