Teachers: Take part

The Shape the Future Zone is running during Science Week 2019 (11th–15th November)

The activity is open to all schools in the Republic of Ireland, to involve your class, register here.


What is the Shape the Future Zone?

What does sustainability mean to your students? Efficiency? Recycling? A better way of living? One thing is clear: our planet needs bright ideas and new ways of thinking, consuming and living.

School students and members of the public have been submitting their ideas to use 3D printing to create a more sustainable future. From pieces of art expressing the idea of sustainability, ideas for new products that will help us reduce our carbon footprint, and new uses for old products.

The finallists will be paired with 3D printing researchers to develop their idea, and during Science Week 2019, it will be down to your students to quiz the finallists and researchers through ASK questions and live CHATs, before casting their VOTE for the idea they think deserves to win.

One winning idea will be turned into 3D printed reality by researchers at I-Form, with a €500 prize going to the winner to help promote their sustainability work.

What can my class do?

During Science Week 2019 (11–15 November), your class will go online to ask their questions to the finallists in the Shape the Future competition, before choosing the idea they think most deserves to be made into 3D printed reality.


How do I register my place in the event?

If your class are already taking part in I’m a Scientist in November 2019

You’ll recieve more information about the Shape the Future Zone during the event. You and your students will find a button on your profile pages enabling you to log in to the Zone.

If you’re signed up to I’m a Scientist or I’m an Engineer Ireland, but aren’t already taking part this November

You’ll receive a registration email in late-October. Click the link in the email and we will send you more information and how to get your students logged in.

If you’re new to I’m a Scientist and I’m an Engineer Ireland

Register to take part

If you have any questions or would like more information, contact Michaela at michaela@mangorol.la, or call the office on +353 (0)76 670 5832.