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.
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 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.
There are two categories open for individuals to enter:
3rd – 6th class primary school students
Watch the challenge video.
Once you have watched the challenge video, please download, and complete the challenge worksheet for your age group.
Submit your completed worksheet and creative solutions via email or post to the addresses below.
We also encourage you to submit any design drawings, videos, prototypes, photographs, texts etc. that explain the engineering functionality elements of your Gaelic Game of the future!
The entries will be judged by a panel of judges including engineers from Engineers Ireland.
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.
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:
Register now to gain access to these videos when they premier during STEPS Engineers Week 2022.
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).
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.