The Engineers Ireland STEPS programme encourages primary and post-primary students to explore the world of STEM while also promoting engineering as a career choice.
STEPS works in strategic partnership with Science Foundation Ireland on Smart Futures, a collaborative government-industry-education programme promoting STEM careers to post-primary students in Ireland. STEPS is managed by Engineers Ireland and supported by Science Foundation Ireland, the Department of Education and Skills, and a number of major engineering employers.(The name STEPS was originally conceived an acronym for Science, Technology and Engineering Programme for Schools, but the programme is now known solely as STEPS.)
Encouraging a positive attitude towards science, technology, engineering and mathematics
Introducing to students the relevance of science, engineering, technology and mathematics to industry and everyday life
Raising a positive awareness and understanding of engineering as a career choice
Promoting a greater understanding of the role and contribution of engineering in society
Highlighting the advantages, diversity, opportunities and excellent rewards offered by a career in engineering
The STEPS team develops programmes for various audiences, including primary and post-primary students, teachers, guidance counsellors and parents.
All STEPS post-primary activity is part of the national Smart Futures programme.
More about Smart Futures
Smart Futures is a collaborative government-industry-education programme promoting STEM careers to post-primary students in Ireland. It provides access to careers information and role models to students, parents, guidance counsellors and teachers. Uniquely, it aims to improve national coordination of industry/research efforts to drive the uptake of STEM subjects at post-primary and third level and to ultimately increase STEM graduate numbers. Smart Futures is managed by the Science Foundation Ireland in partnership with Engineers Ireland’s STEPS programme.