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Smart Futures STEM Careers Week

Smart Futures STEM Careers Week

Smart Futures
STEM Careers Week
October 22nd - 26th


Simply visit to check out our new student competition where all you have to do is answer an easy question to be in with a chance to win some great prizes! 

Smart Futures is a national campaign for second-level students in Ireland, highlighting career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and what skills are needed to get into working in exciting and dynamic areas like gaming, app development, energy, medical devices, cybersecurity, computer forensics and much more.

Ask a Question

Want to speak to someone working in these career areas? Easy! Just go to and post your questions to the website before 28th September.

You can ask them what subjects to study, what skills are needed, what they do on a day-to-day basis, do they get to travel, does their company have graduate programmes and what do they love most about their jobs! We have a panel of people ready to take your questions on the following areas:

Medical Devices

Medical technology products such as pacemakers, heart stents and contact lenses are used in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases, alleviating pain and assisting people with disabilities. Meet the panel

Gaming & mobile app development

Think you could create the next Angry Birds? Gaming and mobile app development are an exciting and rapidly growing sector in Ireland. Meet the panel

The energy sector

Mechanical, chemical and electrical engineers research and develop efficient new ways to harness and distribute energy, as well as new forms of renewable energy production such as wind and wave energy. Meet the panel

Cybersecurity and computer forensics

This rapidly growing area of computing has many exciting opportunities, from monitoring the security of online networks to tracking intrusions into computer systems. Meet the panel


The nationwide competition for second-level school students has some great prizes including a MacBook laptop and an iPad2. They also have a special prize for primary school students of an Xbox Kinect.

To be in with a chance of winning, simply answer this question: “How many of the world’s top 13 medical technology (devices and diagnostics) companies are located in Ireland?” [Submit your answer here]

Alongside this competition, there is also have a prize of a Nokia Lumia 800 phone for the best question to any of our panels for the STEM Careers Week.

Download a poster for your school

Smart Futures is a project of the Discover Science and Engineering (DSE) programme – the agency responsible for promoting the uptake of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subject choices at second and third level.

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