Crucial career-related concepts and attitudes are first formed in childhood and young adulthood through different phases: Fantasy (age 4–10 years), Interest (age (age 11–12 years) and Capacity (age 13–14 years). Early intervention, which delivers a positive feeling/outlook towards geoscience/STEM, can therefore influence subsequent career choice.
Primary school workshops
iCRAG currently offers four workshops to schools:
- Groundwater World Workshop
- CSI Geology Workshop
- Our Place in Time Workshop
- Micro-Geo Workshop
If you are interested in iCRAG researchers visiting your school please contact email@example.com.
National Crystal Growing Competition
The SSPC – iCRAG National Crystal Growing Competition is an important element of iCRAG's public engagement remit. The aim of the competition is to have fun with science and also inspire young minds to explore careers in the field. The competition is open to primary and post-primary schools in Ireland and aimed at students who are challenged to grow a single crystal from a variety of compounds such as: Salt (Sodium Chloride), Alum, Sugar, or Copper Sulphate.
The competition originated in 2014 with the IUCr Crystal growing competition, as part of the celebrations for the International Year of Crystallography. It has since grown from strength to strength and is a great addition to the many SFI public engagement programmes hosted in Ireland.
Science Apprentice Book
The Science Apprentice "Energy and Resources" book was developed in conjunction with UCD. The book covers a wide range of topics, such as energy sources and their impacts on the planet, environmental engineering and the career paths of young researchers working in science and engineering.
More info on the Science Apprentice website.
Smart Futures secondary schools workshops
iCRAG is a contributor to the Smart Futures Programme, coordinated and managed by Science Foundation Ireland. Smart Futures aims to provide STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) career resources to students, teachers, guidance counsellors and parents in Ireland and stimulate an interest in STEM subjects in secondary school and at third level.
If you are interested in iCRAG researchers visiting your school to deliver a Smart Futures talk please contact firstname.lastname@example.org