Engineers: Your local primary school needs you now!
27 September 2018
The Engineers Ireland STEPS team is calling on engineering professionals and third-level engineering students nationwide to inspire primary school students in their local community by volunteering for the new STEPS Young Engineers Award.
The STEPS Young Engineers Award encourages third and fourth-class pupils and their teachers to explore the world of engineering by developing an engineering project that would help to improve their local community.
Engineers, whether students, graduates, professionals or retirees, are encouraged to assist with the STEPS Young Engineers Award by becoming a STEPS volunteer engineer.
Volunteers will be linked to a school in their locality to help students with their projects by providing feedback and guidance. Volunteers are also encouraged to showcase the role of engineers in their community through question and answer sessions in the classroom.
The STEPS team will support the volunteer engineer throughout each step of the process by connecting the volunteer with local teachers who have requested school visits and providing resources for visits.
The STEPS team will host a number of workshops in Dublin, Donegal, Laois, Cork, Limerick and Galway, to prepare volunteers for classroom visits. These workshops will also provide engineers with the opportunity to network with their peers, share advice and develop communication skills.
The total time requirement for STEPS Volunteer Engineers is just four hours – two hours at the workshop and two hours in the classroom during November 26-30 – plus travel time to the workshop and local school.
Caroline Spillane, director general of Engineers Ireland, said: “Our volunteers are the lifeblood of our organisation and it is our hope that engineers throughout Ireland will take this opportunity to get involved in the STEPS Young Engineers Award and help inspire today’s children to engineer the Ireland of tomorrow.”
To find out more about the volunteer workshops and to book your place, see the full list of locations below:
|Saturday, October 6||Dublin||Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Dublin 4||10:30am – 12:30pm||https://stepsvolunteeryeadublin.eventbrite.ie|
|Monday, October 8||Donegal||Radisson blu, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal||6pm – 8pm||https://stepsvolunteeryeadonegal.eventbrite.ie|
|Tuesday, October 9||Laois||Midlands Park Hotel, Portlaoise, Co. Laois||6pm – 8pm||https://stepvolunteeryealaois.eventbrite.ie|
|Tuesday, October 16||Dublin||Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Dublin 4||6pm– 8pm||https://stepsvolunteeryea.eventbrite.ie|
|Wednesday, October 17||Cork||Rochestown Park Hotel, Douglas, Co. Cork||6pm – 8pm||https://stepsvolunteeryeacork.eventbrite.ie|
|Monday, October 22||Limerick||Clayton Hotel, Steamboat Quay, Limerick||6:00– 8pm||https://stepsvolunteeryealimerick.eventbrite.ie|
|Monday, October 22||Galway||Clayton Hotel, Ballybrit, Galway||6pm – 8pm||https://stepsvolunteeryeagalway.eventbrite.ie|
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