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Engineering Professionals

Plan an activity guide

The Engineers Ireland STEPS programme has called for engineering professionals, organisations and role models to provide real-world opportunities for students to engage with Ireland’s engineering community. The STEPS Team is calling on engineers and engineering organisations at this time to consider ‘Adopting a Local School’ for either a digital, in-school, or in-house (i.e., in your organisation) visit.

STEPS are here to support you along your journey to planning your activity. This page contains all the information that you need to get involved with STEPS Engineers Week 2022. 

1. Plan Your Activity

STEPS Engineers Week activities should show off what engineering is to young people. This is the only requirement from STEPS – otherwise the sky is the limit!

Do you need any activity idea? STEPS has collated a list of activities that you might like to carry out. These can be found below. If you have another engineering activity in mind, that’s great! Please do feel free to go ahead with your own activity. You can carry out the same activity each year, you are under no obligation from STEPS to come up with something new each year.

Call to action: Adopt a local school

The Engineers Ireland STEPS programme is calling on engineering professionals, organisations and role models to adopt a local school to provide real-world opportunities for students to engage with Ireland’s engineering community. Your visit may be in-school, in-house, or online. STEPS urges you to host at least one activity, such as a classroom visit.

Tips for finding a school to adopt:

  • Contact your old primary or secondary school
  • Contact a school that is close to your organisation or home
  • Ask in your organisation if there is school that a colleague would like you to contact

Due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, it is best to check in with the school to see the most up to date visitor policies, and then work with the school on what activities are possible.

Supports for Engineering Professionals

Adopt a School Toolkit: A Guide for Engineering Professionals

The STEPS team are thrilled to partner with As Creatives on a number of new supports for engineering professionals for STEPS Engineers Week 2022. The Adopt a School Toolkit: A Guide for Engineering Professionals support organisers of in-house, in-school, and digital visits. All the information you need to get organising a visit is conveniently located in one easy document.

Customisable Classroom Presentations

Use our customisable PowerPoint slides for your school presentations. Add in information about yourself, your organisation, any interesting projects that you would like to highlight. Tip: Make sure to look at the notes section of the PowerPoint for speaking prompts and explanations.


Further resources and ideas

STEPS encourages you to help your adopted school carry out more than one digital activity for STEPS Engineers Week. STEPS has curated a number of activity ideas for both primary and secondary level.

Please visit the below pages to find out more about these:

Give the Gift of STEAM Engineering-in-a-Box

STEAM Education develops and facilitates early intervention engineering programmes, matched to your company’s activity and staff, which support children and teachers in upper primary school to practice and love engineering!

According to STEAM MD Dr. Alice D’Arcy “Our favourite (and the school favourite) programmes involve real life inspirational STEM professionals from your companies in the classrooms! However while we wait for vaccines and restrictions to lift you can avail of our virtual engagement programmes or simply Gift an Engineering Teacher-led box to a school near you.. the easy way to support STEM future skills development from as little as €500 until we can all get back in the classrooms!

Read more about STEAM and what early intervention with primary schools can do for your company here:

2. Register your activity

Registrations will go live in the coming months.

Register your activity for these five key benefits, only available to STEPS Engineers Week 2022 Registered Activity Organisers:

1. Receive access to the Certificate of Participation to share with your students

2. Receive access an exclusive STEPS Engineers Week 2022 Digital Promotional Pack to help promote your activities

3. Potential to be included in regional press releases and photographer

4. Increase the pool of skilled workers in Ireland by combining efforts with industry nationwide, raising the profile of engineering opportunities available among young people

5. Help STEPS to carry out an impact analysis that we can use to help influence policy, decision making and apply for funding

3. Promote your activity

Now is the time to shout about your STEPS Engineers Week Activity and communicate your success! Share an update of the activity with your network. Write a blog post for your website, create a video, update social media, circulate an internal email - all to showcase your involvement in STEPS Engineers Week.

Make sure to tag us and use our special hashtag #STEPSEngineersWeek and tag us:

  • Twitter @engineerireland
  • Facebook @engineersireland
  • LinkedIn @EngineersIreland

Registered activity organisers will receive a Digital Promotional Pack to help promote your activities. The pack includes:

Logos (Various Colours)
Instagram, Twitter & LinkedIn graphics
Text for suggested social media posts
Email signature
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4. Record your impact

As an activity organiser it is critical for you and your students to evaluate your STEPS Engineers Week experiences, so we can analyse the positive impact of all your hard work. You can do this via our online evaluation or via a printable evaluation sheet.

STEPS will email this to all registered activity organisers in the lead up to STEPS Engineers Week 2022.