CONFIRM is a Smart Manufacturing research centre based at the University of Limerick and funded by Science Foundation Ireland. To put it simply, our research looks at ways we can improve the manufacturing process from start to finish through the use of cutting edge technologies like the Internet of Things, intelligent sensors, artificial intelligence & robotics (click any of these for a short video to explain what they are.)
Our research will change the future of manufacturing both in Ireland and the rest of world. These changes will not only effect the manufacturing process but will also change the way factories work, how they look and the jobs that people have within them!
To get started, watch our video below to find out how manufacturing has changed over the years
Click below for instructions!
STEP 1: Get permission from your parent/guardian to make sure it is ok to enter and ask them to carefully read the Terms & Conditions at the end of this page.
STEP 2: Make sure to watch our video at the top of this page about how factories have changed since the 1st Industrial Revolution right up to now (this will help you to get some ideas)
STEP 3: Use the internet to find out a little bit more about the technologies being used in Industry 4.0. You can use the CONFIRM website (https://www.confirm.ie) or any other sources you like! Make sure to wrtie down notes on what you find out to help you in the next step (HINT: search for things like – “Industry 4.0”, “Smart Manufacturing technology”, “factory of the future”)
STEP 4: Use your imagination to visualise what you think the factory of the future would be like. BE AS CREATIVE AS YOU CAN! You can even use something that doesn’t exist yet in real life in your factory (like time travel) Use the following list of questions as a guide to help you:
STEP 5: Draw your Factory of the Future! Each entry needs to submit:
STEP 6: Ask your parent/guardian to help you fill out the entry form by clicking the button below. You will be able to upload photographs of your drawings along with your description paragraph on the form! Please note that we will contact all entrants to ensure they have permission.
IMPORTANT NOTE: To upload your entry using the Google form at the following link, you may be asked to sign in to your Google Account. This is normal and is solely for the purpose of allowing you to upload photos, videos of your entry and does not collect any personal information.
Entries will be split into two age categories:
7 – 10 Years
11 – 14 Years
One entrant from EACH age category will win an Industry 4.0 Home Experiment Bundle worth approximately €200 which will include*:
*PLEASE NOTE: The pictures below are for representative purposes only. Actual prizes may differ in appearance from those illustrated below.
Please read all Terms & Conditions carefully. Click below to reveal.
a) The closing date for entries is 5pm on Friday the 5th of June 2020. No entries will be accepted after this time even if submission is successful.
b) This competition is open to children who fall between the ages of 7 and 14 on 5th of June 2020 ONLY. This competition is open to residents of the Republic of Ireland only.
c) One entry per participant only.
d) PRIZES: First prize is specified in the “What Could I win? Prizes” section of this page. This is the only prize offered in this competition (there are no runner up prizes). As stated above, the physical appearance of the equipment offered as part of the prize may differ from the images shown. Please note: delivery of prizes may be delayed due to COVID-19 related disruptions to An Post and courier services. No cash alternative can be offered.
e) All participants MUST have permission from their parent/guardian. All parents/guardians will be contacted via email to ensure that this is the case.
f) All entries must answer the “Qualifying Question” on the application form correctly to be in with a chance of winning the prize. One winner from each age category will be selected at random.
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