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Engineer the Game of the Future Competition

STEPS Engineers Week and The Gaelic Players Association Engineer the Game of the Future Competition

The Engineers Ireland STEPS programme has teamed up with The Gaelic Players Association to launch the Engineer the Game of the Future competition that challenges primary and secondary school students to engineer how Gaelic Games will look by 2050. The competition aims to introduce engineering in a fun way and encourages students to develop their problem-solving, creative and communication skills.

Challenge Video

The competition begins with a challenge video brought to you by Celebrity Scientist, TV Host and former professional footballer Mark Langtry, Head of Science and Sport at Explorium. In the challenge video, Mark meets with STEPS Ambassador and Engineer, Tom Parsons, CEO Gaelic Players Association along with Mary Ryan, Tipperary Camogie All-Star and Neil McManus, Antrim Hurler. Together they reveal the details of the challenge along with engineering examples and inspiration to get you started!

The Challenge 

The challenge is to engineer the Gaelic Game of the future. Using the challenge worksheet provided, create ideas or innovations that shows what the world of Gaelic Games could look like in 2050. Engineering is at the forefront of advances to sport, whether it’s designs that keep us safe when we play sports, technologies that analyse our sporting performance, building environmentally friendly stadiums for us to watch the game, allowing us to choose our seats using artificial intelligence or including designs in sports equipment that are accessible to us all. Now’s your chance to engineer what the world of Gaelic Games could look by 2050. 

What to Submit

There are two categories open for individuals to enter:

  • 3rd – 6th class primary school students

  • 1st – 6th year secondary school students


  • Entries can be submitted via email or post. Please include your name, age, school name, teacher name and school telephone number.
  • Email entries should be emailed to with ‘Game of the Future’ in the subject line.
  • Postal entries should be posted to Game of the Future Competition, STEPS Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, D04 R3N2.
  • Currently accepting entries, winners will be contact in early May.
  • Only one entry per student is permitted.


The entries will be judged by a panel of judges including engineers from Engineers Ireland. 

Marking Scheme

  • Idea – Engineers are very creative. We love to see your creative ideas. 20 points.
  • Engineering Elements - Have you included engineering elements? Do you have a design drawing? 20 points.
  • Bringing Your Idea to life 
    • Materials – Engineers make things people use every day. Write the materials you will use on your challenge worksheet. 20 points
    • Sustainability – Engineers need to think about their impact on our environment. Make sure to consider this. 15 points.
    • Inclusive design – Engineers should create design for all of societies needs. 15 points
  • Bonus Photography and Video Content – Presentation and communication are important skills for an engineer. You need to be able to explain your designs and work. Do you introduce yourself (or your team) well in the video? Do you explain your idea clearly? 10 points


Enter the challenge to be in with a chance to win some fantastic prizes, including match tickets for you and your parent/guardian to a major Gaelic Game in 2022 courtesy of the GPA, a day out in Croke Park and a virtual meeting with a Gaelic hero of your choice.  Entries should be via the challenge worksheet and videos, photographs, drawings, etc. can be submitted additionally.

Mark the Science Guy: Engineering and Sports On-Demand Engineers Shows

Do you want to learn more about the connection of engineering and sports, and to get some more inspiration for your competition entries? Why not watch one of our Engineering and Sports On-Demand Engineering Shows.

About the videos: Celebrity scientist Mark the Science Guy explores sports and engineering at Explorium, investigating the fascinating links between the two and the importance of engineering in sports. There are two videos available to watch:

  • Primary School Video (Length: 30 Minutes)
  • Secondary School Video (Length: 27 Minutes)

Register now to gain access to these videos when they premier during STEPS Engineers Week 2022.

About STEPS Engineers Week

STEPS Engineers Week, run by the Engineers Ireland STEPS programme, promotes engineering to children in Ireland. STEPS Engineers Week 2022 takes place from Saturday, 5 – Friday, 11 March. The Engineers Ireland STEPS programme, which promotes engineering and the importance of the profession to children in Ireland, is funded by the Department of Education and Skills and industry leaders ARUP, EPA, ESB, Intel and Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII).

About the Gaelic Players Association 

The GPA is the representative body for high performance inter-county players. Founded by players in 1999 and strengthened by a merger with the Women’s Gaelic Players Association in 2020, the GPA supports over 4,000 current male and female inter-county players and a growing number of former players across the four core pillars of Player Representation, Player Welfare, Player Development and Equality. The GPA is dedicated to investing in a better and more sustainable future for county players and provide services and support in the areas of Career Development, Education, Life Focus and Health and Wellbeing.

Contact the STEPS team
Call the STEPS team on (01) 665 1340