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Creating Our Future is a Government of Ireland campaign to stimulate a national conversation between everyone in Ireland on their ideas on how to make our country better for all. While we might not always think about it, research and innovation affect nearly every part of our lives. The COVID-19 pandemic in particular has shown the importance and value of research and innovation in our lives – medically, socially, politically, and economically. Ideas are the starting point for all research and innovation. Anyone, anywhere can have an idea that inspires research and innovation. It could be based on an opportunity or challenge that someone has identified in their own life, for their community, for Ireland or for the world. Or it could be based on a topic that someone is curious or passionate about. Creating Our Future wants to hear them all – in particular from our young people. All ideass were captured and will help inform the future direction of research and innovation in Ireland.

Post Primary Resources

Secondary school students were invited to take part in this national conversation on research. Students were encouraged to use these discussion toolkits in the weeks. Research carried out in the present will have an impact on your future, and you have the opportunity to have your say on research that will help to make a better future for all in Ireland.

Use these discussion toolkits in the weeks leading up to Science Week to debate and discuss STEM topics with your class that will affect our future, from changes in the fashion industry to using technology to enhance our cities and communities. During Science Week, students could submit their own idea to to help researchers in Ireland to create a better future.

Primary School Resources

Science Foundation Ireland invited primary schools to get involved in the process of generating ideas for Creating Our Future. We introduced six themes over the coming weeks and providing a lesson resource on these themes. Each resource incorporated some different ideas for introducing the topic in your classroom with trigger questions to aid discussion, a related science investigation or design and make project and some ideas for carrying out your own research on the topic. The resource is not designed as a complete lesson plan but rather some suggestions to inspire you to create your own lesson on the theme. Teachers can choose to engage with any of the resources or even all six.


For Science Week, we asked teachers to capture their learners’ ideas and submit them to Creating Our Future to ensure that the ideas and voices of primary school students are incorporated into Creating Our Future. Each learner was encouraged to create a slide with their idea for the future of research in Ireland in one sentence, along with any images, drawings or anything extra that they would like to add in. If you presented your idea to another class in your school as part the show and tell step (step 5) of your Discover Primary Science and Maths Award!


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