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Link between engineering project and paper welcomed

THE link between the Leaving Certificate Engineering Higher Level design project that students submitted in March and yesterday's written paper was welcomed by teachers.

The paper included two questions on a Model Lunar Roving Vehicle that students had to design and make.

William Rowan, of St Tiernan's College, Crossmolina, Co Mayo, and chairman of the Engineering Technology Teachers Association, described it as a "very positive move".

Overall, teachers agreed that the Engineering papers, at both higher and ordinary level, were fair and well laid-out, with no surprises.

TUI representative Dan Keane, of Beaufort College, Navan, Co Meath, said students who had done their work "would be well able to answer".

ASTI representative Kenny Donagher, Summerhill College, Sligo particularly liked both higher level questions on the Lunar Roving Vehicle and decorative silverwork, in the form of Newbridge silverware.

The latter, he said, was "perhaps a hint of things to come for the new updated syllabus".

He said that pending the roll-out of the modern syllabus, there was a need to review the content of the compulsory, question 1, section B, based on the special student research topic, which this year was laser technology.

"This is a very broad area and the question reflects this. A question based on the design project or practical examination techniques and skills would be more suitable than this student research topic".

On the other hand, Mr Rowan welcomed the fact that the student research topic and the related questions reflected the advancement of new technologies.

Mr Donagher described the ordinary level paper, which accounts for 40pc of the overall marks, as "very manageable, well structured and appropriate".

Meanwhile, yesterday's paper was worth 50pc of total marks for higher level candidates, who also did a practical exam.

Irish Independent