Smart Futures & STEPS Volunteer Event Cork

06th May 2016

To thank you for your incredible support of the Smart Futures and Engineers Ireland STEPS outreach programmes, please join us for a free event on Wednesday 18th May at 6.30pm in Cork Institute of Technology.

Learn about the relationship between Smart Futures and STEPS, find out about alternative routes emerging in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education (PLC courses, apprenticeships, etc.), improve your presentation skills, network with your peers, meet the Smart Futures team and enjoy
refreshments. Booking details are below.

The evening includes:
The Smart Futures team
Smart Futures
Margie McCarthy - Head of Education and Public Engagement at Science Foundation Ireland
Apprenticeships and alternative routes into STEM
Eimear Sinnott-
Tips for connecting with transition year students
Amanada Landzaad - TY Ireland
Best practice in science communicatio
Niamh Kavanagh - Irish Photonic Integration Centre & National Winner of Famelab
Free finger food
To celebrate National Volunteer Week, we are giving away a free tablet to one lucky volunteer who attends on the night. 

Book your place here. Places are strictly limited and must be booked by Monday, 16th May.


Margie McCarthy, Head of Education and Public Engagement at Science Foundation Ireland
Margie is responsible for the development, co-ordination and implementation of Science Foundation Ireland’s education, outreach and public engagement activities, and to fulfil its mission to catalyse, inspire and guide the best in STEM education and public engagement in Ireland. A civil engineer herself, Margie was Director of Membership with Engineers Ireland for seven years before joining Science Foundation Ireland and previous to that, was Manager of the STEPS programme from 2005 to 2007. Through these roles Margie has worked extensively on developing education partnerships, funding and volunteer programmes, as well as acting as spokesperson in all forms of media on public awareness of STEM, STEM education and careers.

Careers Portal is Ireland s national Career Guidance resource designed to provide a gateway to the most useful information available to those needing or providing career guidance in Ireland.

Transition Year Ireland
Transition Year Resource that offers advice, help and tips for TY Students, their teachers, parents and employers.

Niamh Kavanagh- Irish Photonic Integration Centre

Enhance your volunteer efforts with a communications session with Niamh Kavanagh. Niamh will share her tips for communicating with younger audiences. Niamh is passionate about science, engineering and maths and in communicating this enthusiasm to others.  Niamh is a PhD student with the Irish Photonic Integration Centre (IPIC) and national winner of the FameLab, a competition in which scientists pitch their research to peers and the public

STEPS volunteers are encouraged to attend regular training to develop their skills while involved with STEPS. All volunteers should attend one training workshop each year.

If you would like to attend, please register your interest here