Pictured here are children receiving the award from Mr. Brendan Lynch, Chairperson of the school's Board of Management and Ms. Mairéad Holden STEM coordinator in the school.
The Discover Primary Science & Maths Awards are awarded by Science Foundation Ireland to primary schools who demonstrate exemplary engagement in hands-on science teaching and learning.
We first took part in this scheme in 2015-15, where 3 classes in the school took part and we were awarded a "Certificate of Excellence". Last year, our whole school got involved for the first time. Science Foundation Ireland were so impressed that we were invited to feature as an example of "Best Practice in Inclusion" on the primaryscience.ie
website. Here is the link to our feature: http://primaryscience.ie/inclusive_approaches.php
In 2016-17, we are incredibly proud to have been awarded our second "Plaque of Excellence".
Each year, primary schools across Ireland apply to enter for an award in October, then must meet certain criteria in order to be considered eligible for an award.
These criteria include:
- whole-school engagement in hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) activities within the classroom
- Invitation of STEM guest speakers to speak to pupils about STEM.
- Engage pupils in STEM in a broader context by exhibiting at a national STEM fair
- Participation in national promotion weeks such as Maths Week, Science Week, Engineer's Week and Tech Week.
These pupils have recently completed a special pilot project called STEM
for Fun which is unique to our school. They have been working on coding, robotics and electronic engineering among other things. Due to their hard work and enthusiasm, testing lots of different activities, our school is hopefully going to run the STEM
for Fun programme with lots more classes in September.