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Volunteer Partners

Smart Futures will largely step back from coordinating volunteer to school activity directly but will work with partners to deliver this activity.  Research and experience to date demonstrates the clear demand for access to role models. Large scale volunteer organisations in industry are working to bring role models into schools.  These partners are outlined below. Please contact one of our partners should you wish to request a school visit.

If the Smart Futures partner are unable to meet your request at this time please contact us on  At specific times during the school year Smart Futures coordinates volunteer career events and we will endeavour to facilitate your request through this activity whenever possible.  Unfortunately, as volunteer visits are dependent on availability of a volunteer matching school schedules sometimes a visit is not possible.  Volunteer role model stories and videos are available on this site, and are regularly updated.  


Blackrock Castle Observatory - Space Careers
Space Careers – 2nd Level You will find industry profiles of people working in the space industry on or These video and written profiles highlight a wide variety of careers and opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Alternatively, apply to the Education Team at CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory to organise an expert from their space panel to link up with your school. 021 4326120
Modern societies and economies are underpinned by applied geosciences. The provision of secure sources of energy, clean water and raw materials, all of which are crucial for economic and societal functioning, are directly reliant on applied geosciences. iCRAG is dedicated to dedicated to developing the next generation of geologists, engineers and scientists through our education and public engagement programme. The programme works alongside the public perception and understanding of geoscience research platform in iCRAG, with each informing the other. The objectives of iCRAG’s education and public engagement programme are: 1. To foster an interest in and understanding of applied geosciences in the irish population 2. To enhance the ability of iCRAG researchers to communicate their research to a non-specialist audience Opportunities with ICRAG for students include TY placement, Girls Into Geoscience Event, National Crystal Growing Competition and more.
+353 1 716 2939
Blackrock Castle Observatory
Exciting interactive exhibits and activities await at BCO, from exploring space and alien lifeforms to the Castle's battlements, gunnery and rich maritime history. Space Academy at CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory Brought to you by CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory, Space Academy will provide teachers with useful resources and materials that will help to ignite an interest in STEM in their students. It will be a platform where the Education Team at Blackrock Castle Observatory will share their space knowledge and connect educators with valuable space experts. This will be done through newsletters, video links and social media. If you would like to join the Space Academy, please email
(21) 4326120
Young Social Innovators
YSI’s educational programmes empower and support young people to realise their potential as social innovators, giving them the skills and confidence to tackle the social issues facing them, their communities and wider society. Social innovation learning builds wellbeing amongst young people and communities and helps build a more inclusive, empathetic, fair society.
01 6458030
Bridge 21
Bridge21 is an education programme based in Trinity College Dublin. They offer a new model of learning, that can be adapted for use in Irish secondary schools. Designed to support an innovative 21st Century learning environment within schools, we have developed a learning model for second level education that is: Team-based, technology mediated, project based and Cross- curricular.
01 8961397
Trinity Walton Club
Science, technology, engineering and maths impact every aspect of your life, from the smartphone in your pocket to the energy grid that carries electricity to your home. At Trinity Walton Club, they explore STEM in greater depth, investigate its real world problem solving ability and applicability, and challenge learners to innovate with STEM.
01 8961262
TY Ireland
TY Ireland is a Transition Year Resource that offers advice, help and tips for TY Students, their teachers, parents and employers.
Royal Society of Chemistry (Spectroscopy in a Suitcase)
Spectroscopy in a Suitcase gives school students the chance to learn about spectroscopy through hands-on experience. As well as covering the principles of spectroscopic techniques, the activities use real-life contexts to demonstrate the applications of the techniques.
+44 (0) 2075945172
SciFest aims to encourage a love of STEM through active, collaborative, inquiry-based learning and to give every young person, whatever their background or circumstances, the opportunity to achieve their potential in, and have an enjoyable experience of, STEM. Entry to SciFest is free and open to all second-level students, thus promoting diversity and making participation highly inclusive and accessible. SciFest STEM fairs take place at local level in schools, regionally in third level colleges culminating in a national final in November.
086 379 6143
Engineers Ireland (STEPS)
With the aim of inspiring the next generation of engineers, the Engineers Ireland STEPS programme provides a year-long suite of engagement activities for thousands of young people, teachers and parents across the country. STEPS work in strategic partnership with Science Foundation Ireland on Smart Futures. STEPS is the only STEM outreach programme in Ireland to have achieved the 'Investing in Volunteers' standard, denoting excellence in volunteer management. Every January, STEPS invites Transition Year students to apply for 'Engineering Your Future', a week-long immersive engineering programme that takes place in partnership with ten colleges around the country in May. STEPS facilitates conversations between engineers and students at dozens of career fair across the country and through a week-long festival of engineering every spring, Engineers Week.
01 6651340
Junior Achievement Ireland
“Junior Achievement (JA) programmes facilitated by business volunteers encourage young people to remain in education and help them develop the skills they need to succeed in a changing world. Working with schools and business partners, JA programmes promote work readiness, financial literacy, entrepreneurship and the value of studying STEM. Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI) utilises the experience of those already in the workforce to help children of all ages to fully understand the important role that education will play in shaping their futures. JA business volunteers are recruited, trained, vetted, equipped and supported to deliver hands-on learning experiences that empower students to make connections between what they learn in school and how it can be applied in the real world. JAI is part of a worldwide organisation reaching out to over 10 million young people each year. It was established in Ireland in 1996 and since then has built up a strong demand from schools throughout the country and created successful partnerships with 160 leading organisations.”
(01) 2930210
IWISH is an initiative to inspire, encourage and motivate young female students to pursue careers in STEM.I WISH (Inspiring Women in Stem) features a conference and interactive exhibitions which takes place in The Cork City Hall on January 25th & 26th 2018 and The RDS Dublin January 29th & 30th 2018. The conference also features workshops, daily keynotes and engaging talks by women and men who have seen the opportunities for a great career in STEM.
CWIT (Connecting Women In Technology)
CWIT (Connecting Women In Technology) is a collaborative initiative of women from 16 technology companies in Dublin, Ireland, which aims to attract and retain women to the technology sector.