Winners of STEPS Young Engineers Award 2019

Bunscoil Rinn and Cabhlaigh, Co. Cork

Project – Solachip

Team – The Carrots

Members – Francesca, Sam, Kayla, Fantine, Kacken, Tara

Teacher – Eve Holohan


The winning team designed and built a solar chip prototype that can charge a mobile phone. This was a fantastic project that the judges thought demonstrated exceptional engineering aptitude at a young age. They also commented that the prototype was an engineering concept that would be highly desirable on the market. Well done to these brilliant Young Engineers!


STEPS Ambassador, Celebrity Engineer and Cork local, Orla Murphy presented the winning team with their trophy, prizes and certificates. Orla also gave the young engineers an inspiring talk on her work in engineering and what lead to her winning Young Woman Engineer of the Year. Scientific Sue visited the school to give all the students a great day of STEM immersion.

Runners up

Firhouse Educate Together National School, Co. Dublin

Project Name – The Basketball Bin


The Running Up team, AJAJAA, came up ‘The Basketball Bin’ - a solution to litter in their community (and potentially all communities). Their bin provides a fun way to throw away litter: you aim the rubbish at the bin, which is fitted with a hoop, a camera and lasers, and score points for shooting the litter in the bin. It is a 'Smart Bin' that encourages people to keep their community clean.

Highly commended

Templeorum National School, Co. Kilkenny

Project - The Health Friend

Team – The Magnificent Machine Makers

Bunscoil Rinn na Chabhlaigh, Co. Cork

Project - Safe Driving

Team – The Enthusiastic Engineers

Stepaside ETNS, Co. Dublin

Project - The Lighthouse Helpers