At a glance

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    Course Location


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    Course Dates and Prices

    Please check our Summer Calendar

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    2 weeks+

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    Arrival days


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    Class Size

    15 max

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    Student Age

    12 to 17 years old

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    Individuals* and Groups

    Groups must be accompanied by a Group Leader – *Individual only accepted in Dublin

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    Entry Requirements

    Minimum level of English: A2 Pre-Intermediate

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    Cultural Activities

    2 cultural activities per week

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    Full board Host family & Residential

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    Transport to School

    Homestay students are driven to school or walk if within walking distance. Residential students walk.

Programme Introduction

Future Learning’s summer STEAM programme is about much more than incorporating Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths into the afternoon activity programme. The STEAM workshops engage students’ creative and critical thinking skills in multi-sensory interaction with the physical world and help them develop the language to describe those experiences.

Athlone, located in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands, is the perfect location for those who want to experience a truly Irish lively regional town in the heart of Ireland, while still being within easy reach of Dublin Airport.

The friendly welcome will be the biggest attraction for our students who are looking for somewhere homely. We know you will be impressed with Athlone and not to mention the FL summer school facilities located at TUS Athlone which is one of the most modern universities in  Ireland.

Learner Profile

This programme is for learners from age 12-17 who are interested in improving the 21st-century skills of communication, collaboration, creative problem solving and digital information through the medium of English. It gives them an engaging and meaningful context for developing these skills, through a programme that encourages them to engage with other cultures and explore the science, technology, engineering, arts and maths of the world around them in Athlone, and the heartlands of Ireland.

Learner Outcomes

Future Learning’s summer STEAM programme is about much more than incorporating Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math into the afternoon activity programme. The STEAM workshops engage students’ creative and critical thinking skills in multi-sensory interaction with the physical world and help them develop the language to describe those experiences.

By the end of the course, participants will have

  • developed a greater understanding of the responsible and effective use of information and communication technology, fulfilling project team roles and how to use problem-solving skills to complete tasks creatively.
  • become more able to contribute to and facilitate exchanges between different cultures while also being more able to identify the cause of misunderstandings and work to repair them.
  • improved language competencies through exchanging information, expressing and justifying opinions and developing their ability to make complex arguments incorporating other ideas and responding to them in their summer programme.
  •  Athlone STEAM Programme – Summer School

    Located in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands, Technological University of the Shannon (formerly Athlone IT) is an award-winning higher education institution. TUS Athlone is the leader in the sector in innovation and applied teaching, and a research-led university with an applied, industry-focused offering, world-class research and development.

    The outdoor facilities at TUS provide for most sports including an eight-lane IAAF-approved outdoor athletics track which also features a full-size international dimension soccer pitch which is the same size as Dublin’s Croke Park pitch, in the infield area (floodlit), sand based multi-sport grass training field and 2km floodlit cross country trail.

    Sample timetableAthlone STEAM Programme

    Our summer school program is designed to offer a unique learning experience for all participants, providing a perfect balance of educational and enjoyable activities. Check out our exciting Sample Schedule for our Athlone STEAM Residential programme.

    *Please contact us for more information about our sample schedules for Host families.

    Accommodation –  Athlone STEAM Programme

    Host Family

    Future Learning is one of the only language schools working in these areas for many years and the quality of host families is very high. 

    We have a large number of wonderful and welcoming host families who are coordinated by our dedicated full time Accommodation Officers.

    Living with one of our Host families in Athlone is a truly amazing experience:

    • You get to stay in a real irish home where you will be welcomed by family members and looked after for the length of your stay.
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    • You’ll get to benefit from your family’s knowledge, gain a unique insight into local Irish culture and discover the true heart of Athlone.
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    • You’ll enjoy home cooking, fresh linens, great conversation and an amazing cultural experience. 

    Residential Accomodation

    Residential accommodation allows the freedom of being close to your friends. The FL Athlone Residence is located at Glen Abhainn, Athlone.Situated on the Dublin road, Glen Abhainn is a mere 350m walking distance to the main gates of TUS Athlone. FL uses the best quality accommodation in the city. Our student accommodation is perfectly located close to our campus so you can easily travel to and from there.

    • Glen Abhainn is a secure gated development located beside Athlone Summer campus
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    •  All apartments are fitted with a kitchen/lounge. Each kitchen contains a hob/oven, fridge and microwave and is equipped with basic crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils. The lounge contains settees, dining table and chairs.
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    • We also offer some great social spaces including an outdoor basketball court, a cinema room, pool tables, a modern gym with hi-spec equipment, a large study area, a cosy roof terrace, and a spacious outdoor courtyard area.

    Samples of STEAM activities & Cultural excursions

     On the FL Athlone Summer Programme all of the afternoon activities are focused on the development of the English language through STEAM-focused workshops. We like to utilise all the facilities of the school and we have created a unique afternoon programme which has a strong link with the morning lessons. Sample afternoon workshops which are led by qualified teachers include: Electronics, Science, Baking, Robotics, Photography, Art, Drama and Dance. Afternoon activities take place from 14:00 to 16:20 four times per week, students depart the school at 16:30.

    Science & Technology

    Electronics: design, create and present an individual piece of work which will include an element of electronics

    Food science / Baking: you will be challenged to prepare and bake a variety of Irish and international recipes

    Engineering & Maths

    Astronomy & Rocket: making explore the planets’ relationship to one another by building a scale model, and then, in teams, you will build a rocket and launch it.

    Material workshops: work with materials such as wood, plastics and metal in a safe and friendly environment – an example is a mobile phone holder, wood carving or decorative metalwork.

    Arts & Perfomances

    Photography: create unique photographic works of art using the latest photo editing software and techniques

    Drama: Inspired by traditional Irish legends for example, you will devise a script, produce and make a video recording of an original production.


    Abstract Art: You will use tools such as paintbrush – sponges, leaves, twigs, pieces of cardboard and get a piece of art done in teams.

    Collage: Using interesting picture media, you will work with your team to select, sort and cut out images to build an artistic collage.

    Weekend Excursions

    • City trips: Galway, Sligo, Dublin
    • Outdoor trips: Glendalough, Lough boora discovery park, Howth Fishing Village and Hike.
    • Activities are combined with sports, guided tours and fun!

    Mid-week Excursions

    • Guided Walking Tour of Athlone
    • Museum visits
    • Forest Walks
    • Selfie Scavenger Hunt

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