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Did you know engineers invented the first gear in the 1600's?

Why not try out our series of downloadable maths worksheets, developed especially for post-primary teachers who want to showcase **real-world examples of maths** in the classroom.

The STEPS team has been working in partnership with industry and the NCE-MSTL to develop a series of worksheets outlining lesson plan ideas for teaching Junior Cert and Leaving Cert maths.

The worksheets contain examples of how maths is used in real life, as well as suggested questions and challenges for students. Each worksheet focuses on a particular area of the curriculum and shows how maths is used within a particular company or organisation. For example, a worksheet developed with the Defence Forces illustrates how knowledge of geometry and trigonometry is essential when constructing bridges.

We've also developed a series of career videos that tie in with many of the worksheets. These videos feature interviews with young engineers, who talk about their daily work, their college days, and how they use maths on the job.

**The table below offers a guide to the worksheets and videos**.

You can download all worksheets here, and watch the career videos here.

Plus, check out this video with tips on using the worksheets in the classroom.

Title of STEPS maths worksheet |
What area of the maths curriculum is in focus? | Ability level / subject | Showcases the real-world use of maths in this company or organisation |
Associated career video |
Linked to a particular engineering discipline? |
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A new angle on bridges |
Geometry & trigonometry: similar triangles Number: Ratio & proportion |
Junior Cert maths | Defence Forces | Defence Forces | Multi-disciplinary |

Playing Havok |
Application of Pythagoras' Theorem Inverse square law |
Junior Cert maths, Leaving Cert physics | Havok | Havok | All engineering disciplines |

Turbines: A Wind-Wind Situation |
Functions: Plotting Graphs Functions: Interpretation of graphs |
Leaving Cert maths (Ordinary level), Junior Cert science | ESBI | ESBI | Electrical engineering, building services |

Ruling the waves |
Geometry & trigonometry: Area and volume Number: Arithmetic Science: Archimedes principle, law of flotation, mass, density, volume, gravity, weight |
Junior Cert maths, Junior Cert science | Wavebob | Wavebob | Environmental engineering |

Maths saves lives every day - ensuring quality in the biomedical industry | Hypothesis testing | Leaving Cert maths, Junior Cert science | Boston Scientific | Boston Scientific | Biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering |

Maths makes the perfect shower |
Solving systems of equations Conservation of energy |
Junior Cert maths, Junior Cert science | Arup |
Coming soon |
Structural engineering |

How maths can draw you a nice bath |
Solving systems of equations Heat transfer, quantity of heat, concept of temperature |
Junior Cert maths, Leaving Cert physics | Arup |
Coming soon |
Structural engineering |

Sun factor maths |
Trigonometry Concept of heat, heat transfer, concept of temperature |
Leaving Cert maths, general knowledge | Arup |
Coming soon |
Structural engineering |

Maths strikes oil |
Calculation of percentages Index manipulation Oil reservoirs |
Junior Cert maths, Junior Cert science | Shell | Shell | Civil engineering, environmental engineering |

Maths on track |
Geometry Algebra Equations of circular motion Resolution of vectors Newton's laws and Newton's equations of linear motion Relation between mass & weight |
Leaving Cert maths, Leaving Cert applied maths, Leaving Cert physics | Iarnrod Eireann | Iarnrod Eireann | Civil engineering |

*"The Department of Education and Skills acknowledges that the Engineers Ireland STEPS programme is adding value to the education system by aligning and supporting the real-life application of mathematics into the curriculum"*

-- Seamus Knox, Maths Inspector with the Department of Education and Skills