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Welcome, Teachers! Engineers Ireland is looking to find talented young engineers across the country through its flagship competition: the STEPS Young Engineers Award. 

The STEPS Young Engineers Award is aimed at 3rd and 4th class primary school students in the Republic of Ireland. Students taking part identify a project they would like to do that would improve their community. 

Registration is now open click the link below.



About the STEPS Young Engineers Award

The STEPS Young Engineers Award is a project-style competition aimed at 3rd and 4th class primary school students in the Republic of Ireland. 

Teachers divide the class into teams up to 6. Each team comes up with a project idea by identifying something they would like to improve in their community. The teacher’s role is that of facilitator. There is no requirement for any background in engineering to take part!

The students follow a structured STEPS Project Book comprising a series of worksheets. Registration is now open.

Resources available to all registered teachers

Once you register your class there are many resources available to support you

  • Teachers Conference – a short series of videos to support you and improve their confidence in leading the STEPS Young Engineers Award project.
  • Project Book – this is what the students will use to guide their project.
  • Lesson Plans
  • Presentation skills video – Mark Langtry (RTE) gives tips to students on how to present their projects.
  • Regular check-ins – We send emails with updates, reminders and suggestions.
  • Webinars – a series of four webinars corresponding with each step of the Project Book

(Please note: the link to all the resources is circulated in September to registered teachers)

STEPS volunteer engineer visit

An optional, but important and much-loved, part of the students’ engineering journey is for the teams to present their projects. This could be to their teacher, a local engineer, the principal and/or their peers. 

Teachers can request a visit from one of our Volunteer Engineers to visit their class to listen to the students’ presentations and to give encouraging feedback. The STEPS Volunteer will also give a brief talk on their life as an engineer.

Register before September 23rd if you would like to apply for a STEPS volunteer visit.

Frequently Asked Questions
Visit the link below to find answers to common questions and queries.


Student benefits

Benefits include: Team work – watch your students delegate roles to suit their strengths, Introduction to engineering for all at a young age. Break barriers. Presentation skills.

Teacher benefits

Benefits include: Linked curriculum, STEM CPD, student-led, DPSM Engineering Module, and watch your students shine and be amazed by their ingenuity

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