Smart Futures is about introducing young people to the world of working in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). We want more students to learn about these exciting jobs and we need your help to do it!
We are inviting students across the country to create a project that investigates the life of someone working in STEM. It could be a short project on the life of an astronaut, a food scientist or a games developer! It could be a famous inventor or someone you know that works in STEM. You decide!
So, what do you have to do?
Simply choose the STEM career you want to research and pick the digital tools that you will use to present this information. You could make a webpage, an animation – even a slideshow or PowerPoint presentation. The competition is open to primary and secondary school students in Ireland and is will run until the end of August – so no excuses to be bored over the summer holidays!
Visit our terms and conditions page for all the details. You can also download a poster for your school from this page as well.
“But what’s in it for me?”
We have some great prizes on offer:
- Senior Cycle category (4th-6th year) - Win a Mircosoft Surface Tablet + a work experience opportunity with Microsoft
- Junior Cycle category (1st-3rd year) - Win a Microsoft Surface Tablet + a work experience opportunity with SAP
- Primary school category - A netbook + a science or technology speaker to come to your school
Need some inspiration to help you choose what STEM career to research? Check out our STEM Careers videos to see lots of different people talking about their jobs and what it’s like to work in science, technology and engineering.
Smart Futures, the national campaign promoting careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) to second-level students in Ireland, is delighted to announce that we are sponsoring the Best Web App category at the Eircom Junior Spider Awards on Tuesday 5th March.
The Award is in the Tera Spiders category for secondary students in the 4th to 6th Year age group, and requires the creation and submission of a web application that is fully developed and available to use.
The event has been moved from the Helix to the RDS in Dublin, doubling attendance to 600, drawn from approximately 80 schools. Smart Futures will have a stand at the RDS on the day to hand out materials and chat to students and teachers about exploring STEM careers.
Read more about the Awards here.
Smart Futures wishes all participating students the very best of luck!
Mr Sean Sherlock, TD, Minister for Research & Innovation, has launched the all-island science competition SciFest 2013, and called on second-level students across the country to enter and showcase their science, technology and maths projects at a series of one day science fairs held in the 14 regional Institutes of Technologies and the University of Ulster, Derry.
In 2012, almost 3,400 students from 227 schools exhibited close to 1,500 projects at SciFest events at third level colleges across the country. An additional 900 students exhibited 400 projects at their own SciFest in-school events.
SciFest aims to create an inclusive and accessible science fair experience that inspires excellence, giving students of all levels the chance to develop research and problem-solving skills, as well as critical thinking, presentation skills and team work.
Students can log on to the newly launched SciFest website and download an entry form. Completed entry forms must be submitted by Friday 8th March. The winners from each science fair will go on to compete at the national final in October, which is sponsored by Discover Science & Engineering (DSE).
SciFest supports the objectives set out by the Government in 2012 to overhaul the Junior Cert programme. The new programme will introduce a school-based model of assessment and a greater emphasis on the acquisition of key skills.
The Smart Futures team will be down at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition on the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and Discover Science & Engineering stand from tomorrow until Saturday 12th January and students will have a chance to win a pair of Dre Beats Solo HD headphones. You will find us at stand no.33 in the Industries Hall.
We will have Engineer’s Ireland volunteers on hand (you’ll spot them in Smart Futures t-shirts!) to talk to students, who will be asking them to fill in a short survey about their thoughts on science, technology and engineering as a career.
Every student that takes the survey will automatically win a Smart Futures wrist band and be entered into the draw to win the headphones. Good luck to all attending the exhibition and we look forward to seeing you there!
Congratulations to all the winners of our latest Smart Futures student competitions. In our nationwide competition we asked you to “How many of the world’s top 13 medical technology (devices and diagnostics) companies are located in Ireland?”
The correct answer is 11, and the winners are… Continue reading
Computer networks are essential to business and society today, and cybersecurity is about protecting those networks from attacks and damage.
People from Ireland’s cybersecurity industry meet at the annual IRISSCERT Conference on Cybercrime, which also hosts the HackEire contest. It’s a race between teams to exploit weaknesses in computer systems in a controlled environment.