Activities for Primary schools
Free engineer visits
Every year hundreds of free school visits take place to highlight the wonders of engineering to primary school children. We link up volunteer engineers with local schools and equip them with a fun, interactive presentation suitable for 3rd through 6th class. A visit to your classroom by an engineer counts toward the criteria for gaining an Award of Science & Maths Excellence from Discover Primary Science and Maths.
How to request a school visit?
Simply register with the new SmartSTEPS online booking system . Once approved you will receive login details and instructions by email for the new SmartSTEPS online booking system.
You must login to request a FREE school visit from a volunteer engineer in your local area.
Please note that a school is only required to register on our system once. Each school that registers will receive login details by email, allowing each school to upload more than one request.
Format of the visit:
Presentation - 25 minutes
Activity - 25 minutes
Q & A session - 10 minutes
Approximate visit time: 1 hour
(Visits are subject to the availability of a volunteer in your area.)
Primary School Competiton
Has your school had a visit from a volunteer engineer? Please enter our primary school competition for your chance to win a STEM interactive show or workshop for your school.
STEPS co-ordinates Engineers Week each year and during that week many activities suitable for a primary school audience will be held in venues nationwide. You can also run classroom-based activities yourself. Check www.engineersweek.ie to find out more.
An Engineers Week activity counts toward the criteria for gaining an Award of Science & Maths Excellence from Discover Primary Science and Maths.
A selection of activities which can be done by a visiting volunteer or teacher in a classroom.
This short PowerPoint presentation is aimed at teachers who want to explain what engineering is to students, or to further their own understanding of engineering. Choose a selection of slides to show in the classroom for discussion. Each slide contains notes and some suggestions for group work.
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