About Us

Designing for STEM is a CIT initiative aimed at engaging Transition Year students all over Ireland with STEM subjects through fun, free workshops and excitinginnovative technologies!

What do we do?

Designing for STEM consists of a series of free workshops that are held in schools and learning centers across Ireland. During these workshops, students are given a real-world STEM problem that must be solved by building a prototype out of crafting materials and state-of-the-art technologies – all of which are provided by us.

STEM learning made fun!

Our workshops introduce students to the creative side of STEM! We are using innovative, engaging ideation and design techniques to encourage students to apply their knowledge of STEM to real-world problems, while taking part in fun hands-on activities!

Meet the Team

Michelle O'Keeffe

PhD Student

Sarah Hayes

PhD Student

Kieran Delaney

Research Development Manager

Trevor Hogan

Lecturer and Researcher

Alex Vakaloudis

Senior Researcher



Minnie Mouse has arrived😍The @NimbusCentre is full of friendly stars today! Pop in and say hello☺️ @CIT_ie @EmilyTwomeyCIT @michelleokmedia @SHayesResearch @ml_loftus @rubiconcentre @LoretoFermoy https://t.co/dFhXRkhLV8 Designing4STEM photo

We hope our @NimbusCentre robot is ready for the madness ahead of him today! Lots of fun in store for all the children & parents😁🎉Be sure and pop by to say hello if you’re at @CorkCitySports in CIT today! @CIT_ie @OrlaFlynnCIT @ml_loftus @SHayesResearch @michelleokmedia https://t.co/VJwef5jylM Designing4STEM photo

We look forward to welcoming thousands of Primary School Children to CIT this Friday for the Sports Day! Along with the sports, we’ll have some fun design activities for the kids too! Be sure and stop by the Nimbus Centre😁 @NimbusCentre @OrlaFlynnCIT @CIT_ie @CITScience4Life
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Designing for STEM
Happy Monday everyone! Hope you are all enjoying the sun.
Make this week a good one!
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Designing for STEM
Hope everyone is enjoying the sun! It's making it harder to get to work we must say!
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Designing for STEM is feeling proud.
Here's a clip from our launch on Monday!

Sarah gave a demonstration and a "tour" of our brand new website designingforstem.com

Lots of hard work went into this and we're very excited to show it off!
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Designing for STEM
Designing for STEM is feeling excited.
Here are some examples of student projects we had on display at our launch yesterday!

It was a fantastic event and we have loads of collaborations in the works, so stay tuned! 😊
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Designing for STEM
On this day in 1954, the first shovel of dirt was dug on the Meyrin site in Switzerland to build CERN!

CERN is the European research organization that operates the largest particle physics lab in the world!

As well as being famous for its work in particle physics, mainly the discovery of the Higgs Boson, CERN was also where the World Wide Web was invented! It was invented by Tim Berners-Lee in 1989 as a way for scientists at institutions around the world to share information!
"This workshop was a great experience for our students and was unlike anything they had done before."
Aoife Hennessy
Loreto Secondary School, Fermoy, Co. Cork

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 710583

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