Smart Futures & STEPS Volunteer Event - learn, network & have fun

04th April 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 Thursday 7th April at 6.30pm in Engineers Ireland, Dublin 4.

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
Tips for connecting with transition year students
TY Ireland
Hook your audience - delivering & developing interactive STEM presentations – 30 minutes free CPD
Dr Paul McCrory – Learn Differently
Classroom activities with the Young Engineers Society
Examples of activities which you can use in the classroom
Free finger food
To celebrate the launch of the SmartSTEPS system, we are giving away a free tablet to one lucky volunteer who attends on the night. Please join us on the 7th April from 6:30pm at Engineers Ireland, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

Book your place here. Places are strictly limited and must be booked by Friday, 1st April.

If you are unable to attend, the event will be webcast live from 6.30pm at


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.

Dr Paul McCrory- Learn Differently
Enhance your volunteer efforts with an exclusive communications session with Paul McCrory from Learn Differently. Paul will share his tips for communicating with younger audiences.
Paul is passionate about science, engineering and maths and in communicating this enthusiasm to others. Having worked in informal education in science centres and an outreach organisation for 15 years, he has a wealth of experience in engaging a wide range of audiences in an accessible and interesting way. Paul has a BSc in physics and mathematics, an MSc in science communication, a PGCE in secondary education, and a PhD in science education. His PhD research explored how to promote interest in science through the use of techniques which foster emotional engagement.

Young Engineers Society
The Young Engineers society is a special interest group for young engineering professionals through which they can network with other young engineers of all disciplines at events organised by the society.

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