To download an image, just click on the poster you like and it will open in a new page. From here, you can save the photo to your device.
This is an activity that you can send to the teacher by email before (or after) the visit in PDF form, for them to print off for the class. Before the pandemic, when the visits were explicitly in-person, the visiting STEPS Engineer would often bring some STEPS pencils or rulers to give to the class, or do an activity with them.
For the online visits we have created a more sustainable take-home token for the students. They can colour in these lovely engineering drawings and then cut, fold and glue the paper into various 3-D shapes. The 3-D shapes are a reminder to the students of the building blocks of engineering and maths, as well as a beautiful colourful momento of their STEPS school visit.
We have compiled the Top 10 Tips from our Volunteer Engineers for presenting to young students on a STEPS school visit:
The Engineers Ireland STEPS programme is committed to the fair treatment of our volunteers, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, responsibilities for dependants, age, physical/mental disability or offending background (as long as this does not pose risk to children, young people, or vulnerable adults). We aim to encourage diversity amongst our volunteer engineers to ensure that they are representative of all sections of society and our surrounding community. We endeavour to ensure that each volunteer feels respected and valued.
You may wonder what the students are working on for the STEPS Young Engineers Award.
The idea is that they come up with an engineering project that will improve their community or someone’s quality of life living in their community.
To enter the competition they must submit a completed STEPS Project Book. This comprises of four worksheets.
1. Think of an idea
2. Design it and draw it on an engineer’s drawing
3. Build the prototype
4. Engineers Report (lessons learned)
Before your visit, they should have completed the four steps and have a presentation on their project ready to showcase for you.
The Project Book is aligned with the curriculum for 3rd and 4th class. They will learn about some engineering principles like properties of materials and caring for the environment. They are encouraged to incorporate Maths even in a limited way, like including dimensions.
Have a look through the STEPS Project Book, if you wish, before your visit!
Follow the marking scheme for STEPS Young Engineers Award.