Junior Certificate students encouraged to Engineer their Future as higher-level STEM sittings contin

Junior Certificate students encouraged to Engineer their Future as higher-level STEM sittings continue to grow

13 September 2018 at 10:52
  • Total number of STEM sittings at Junior Certificate higher-level has increased by 11% over the past five years
  • 27% increase in the number of students taking higher-level Junior Certificate mathematics since 2012
  • Maths and science knowledge valuable aptitudes for future engineers
  • Transition Year students encouraged to register for Engineering Your Future Programme
As the total number of higher-level STEM sittings at Junior Certificate continues on an upward trend, Engineers Ireland has urged students who have received their results today to engineer their future and actively consider further study in these subject areas.
Today’s Junior Certificate results released by the State Examinations Commission has shown that 2.6% more students sat a higher-level STEM paper when compared to 2017 results. Over the past five years, there has also been an 11% increase in higher level STEM sittings.
Commenting on today’s Junior Certificate results, Caroline Spillane, Director General of Engineers Ireland said: “Maths and science knowledge are valuable aptitudes for future engineers and it is encouraging to see this upward trend in higher-level STEM sittings year-on-year. Equally, the 27% increase, since 2012, in students taking the higher-level mathematics papers is also incredibly positive.
“Today’s Junior Certificate results have shown that Irish students have an appetite for STEM. Now, more than ever, we need to encourage students receiving their results today to retain this interest and advance their knowledge of STEM at senior level in 5th and 6th year and consider a future career in engineering”, Ms. Spillane continued.
Engineers Ireland has been an advocate for STEM education for many years, coordinating the STEPS programme, funded by the SFI Discover Programme. The not-for-profit strategic outreach programme promotes interest and awareness in engineering as a future career to school students through a portfolio of projects.
Students who have progressed to Transition Year are encouraged to register for the STEPS Engineering Your Future (EYF) programme. Established in 2013, EYF is a week-long, hands-on programme which provides Transition Year students with a meaningful experience of engineering through activities such as workshops, group projects, and industry visits.
The programme has helped approx. 80% of students to decide their CAO choices, with 64% of the 2014 cohort currently studying STEM at third level. Third level institutes including UCD, GMIT and IT Carlow are actively involved in the programme, as are industry leaders, ESB and Aer Lingus.
“It is our hope that today’s Transition Year students will take this opportunity to engage with industry and academia and help shape the Ireland of tomorrow by playing their role in realising all of Project Ireland 2040 goals and ambitions”, Ms. Spillane concluded.
Students are encouraged to register their interest today for the Engineering Your Future programme by visiting www.steps.ie.