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 ideas will be captured and will help inform the future direction of research and innovation in Ireland.
Some of us are excited to go back to exactly the way things were before the pandemic, others have found recent times to be a relief and want to keep the changes we’ve experienced, others want to hold on to some of the changes but not all of them. Our impact on the environment has improved in so many ways, such as air quality, and yet deteriorated in others, such as the use of single-use plastics. Remote working is the new norm for a significant number, this has directly impacted on quality of life in the positive and the negative for so many, for others it has resulted in a serious hit to livelihoods as footfall in office areas drop. Through all of this journey, the public has been largely united in turning to science for the data to inform decisions for today, and to bring hope for tomorrow.
Post Primary Resources
Secondary school students are invited to take part in this national conversation on research. 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, submit your own idea to creatingourfuture.ie to help researchers in Ireland to create a better future.
Primary School Resources
Science Foundation Ireland is inviting primary schools to get involved in the process of generating ideas for Creating Our Future. We will be introducing six themes over the coming weeks and providing a lesson resource on these themes. Each resource will incorporate 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 are asking 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. Fill out the PowerPoint template, which is included in each of the resources below, during Science Week or in the weeks leading up to Science Week. Each learner will 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. Email this presentation back to firstname.lastname@example.org and present your ideas to another class in your school as part the show and tell step (step 5) of your Discover Primary Science and Maths Award!