ESB and Generation Tomorrow

Since our foundation, ESB has always had a strong sense of purpose; to enable social and economic progress for the good of society. Today, ESB’s ambition is to help create a brighter future for all by leading the transition to reliable, affordable, low-carbon energy powered by clean electricity.

This is a future that will require creative and innovative problem solvers. That is why ESB - through our Generation Tomorrow programme - is supporting partners that are dedicated to empowering young people to reach their potential and power their collective brighter future. Over the next five years, ESB will invest more than €7.5m to support the work of our partners including TechSpace (part of Camara Ireland), RDS (organisers of ESB Science Blast), The Cool Planet Experience, and the University of Limerick and maREI Institute.

ESB Science Blast, delivered by the RDS, empowers primary school children to work collaboratively as a class to investigate the science behind a simple question that interests them. Over 12,000 children from 500 schools have already participated in the Dublin ESB Science Blast 2020 event in the RDS this year, investigating questions like:

  • ‘How does age effect belief in gender stereotyping?’ From Kilmacanogue NS, Wicklow
  • ‘How do worms move?’ From Gorey Central School, Wexford
  • ‘What would happen if there was a zombie apocalypse? How would we survive?’ From Dalkey School Project, Dublin
  • ‘How clean are your hands?’ From Scoil na Coróine Mhuire, Ashford, Wicklow

TechSpace, delivered by Camara Education Ireland, provides opportunities for young people between the ages of 10 – 18 to engage in Digital Creativity and STEAM activities that allow them to use technology to create and make with purpose. Our 2019 annual ESB Creative Tech Fest event saw almost 500 young people from over 70 youth groups across Ireland come together in the Convention Centre, Dublin to showcase their project work in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) and Digital Media. At the event, Adam Ó Cuinneagáin from Coláiste an Eachréidh, Galway was awarded TechSpacer of the Year 2019. Adams project work on advanced computer science and VR demonstrates his creative mindset, and his desire to help create a brighter future through technology and coding.

'ESB is committed to leading the transition to a low-carbon future, powered by clean electricity. By helping young people to develop scientific literacy and critical thinking skills through programmes that encourages curiosity and discovery, we can help them not only to become creative and innovative problem solvers, but also active and engaged citizens, capable of making informed choices to tackle climate change and other global challenges.' Pat O'Doherty, Chief Executive of ESB.

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