Engineers Ireland Welcomes STEM Education Review Group Report

Engineers Ireland Welcomes STEM Education Review Group Report

25 November 2016 at 09:45
Engineers Ireland, the representative body for engineering in Ireland whose membership represents the full spectrum of the engineering profession, has warmly welcomed recommendations by the STEM Education Review Group (STEMERG). 
 
The report, which outlined the extent of economic and job opportunities for Ireland that are dependent on high-quality STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) education, stressed the need for scientific literacy among its 47 report recommendations. 
 
Welcoming the report, Caroline Spillane, Director General of Engineers Ireland, said: “During Engineers Week 2016, Engineers Ireland called on Government to create a greater focus on STEM based subjects at primary school level. We are delighted to see that this recommendation has also been highlighted by STEMERG. 
 
The new continuous improvement targets in STEM are critical as we need to increase competence in STEM and set targets for take-up. A solid grounding in STEM is naturally beneficial to a career in engineering. We also welcome the plans for coding and ICT options to be extended in schools, with targets to roll-out coding to primary schools and teaching of computer science as a Leaving Certificate subject,” she continued.
 
Engineers Ireland’s STEPS programme is a strategic partner of Science Foundation Ireland’s (SFI) Discover programme, collaborating on the delivery of Smart Futures – a government-industry-education programme.  STEPS encourages primary and post-primary students to explore the world of STEM, while promoting engineering as a study and career choice. To accomplish this goal, STEPS manages a vast network of school visits and career events around Ireland, connecting students and teachers directly with volunteers who are professionals in the STEM area.
 
Commenting on the report, Dee Kehoe, CPD and STEPS Director, said: “Our STEPS programme volunteers have engaged with over 70,000 primary and post-primary students, parents and educators so far in 2016. We are incredibly proud of this achievement, which included activities and events such as school visits, careers fairs and our annual festival of engineering – Engineers Week. We’re calling on all engineers to help us break this record in 2017 and engage with more pupils during Engineers Week 2017, to highlight the benefits of STEM to all schools in Ireland”.
 
For more information on Engineers Week 2017, taking place from 4th-10th March, please visit: www.engineersweek.ie