Progression from primary to senior cycle
While Engineering is not a stand-alone subject or area within the Primary School Curriculum, through its strands, elements and outcomes, Engineering at junior cycle can progress related learning that has taken place at primary level.
A number of subjects in the primary curriculum such as science, mathematics and Visual Arts make reference to the development of problem-solving skills which are key skills for a student of Engineering. Throughout their years at primary school, learners engage in various activities that develop their creativity. They are also developing their fine motor skills, accuracy and spatial reasoning, all of which lend themselves directly to the study of Engineering.
The study of Engineering at junior cycle develops the foundations for a student to continue their studies in the suite of technology subjects in both the Leaving Certificate and Leaving Certificate Applied programmes.
The subject Engineering is available in both the Leaving Certificate and Leaving Certificate Applied programmes. The learning outcomes in Engineering at junior cycle have strong links to the aims of both subjects. Engineering introduces some of the components of Leaving Certificate Computer Science, particularly strand 3, Mechatronics. The activities students engage in during junior cycle aim to develop a technological student who should be able to adapt themselves to any discipline related to the technology subjects at senior cycle.