Offaly Primary Schools to exhibit projects at the RDS Primary Science Fair

Primary school students representing 120 schools from across the island of Ireland, including three from Offaly, will display their class projects at the RDS Primary Science Fair in January.

Primary school students representing 120 schools from across the island of Ireland, including three from Offaly, will display their class projects at the RDS Primary Science Fair in January.

The RDS Primary Science Fair takes place alongside the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition and provides an opportunity for approximately 3,000 primary school students to showcase their class STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) projects, receive feedback from experts in the field and learn from viewing other projects at a major exhibition.

There are three schools involved representing Offaly. Birr Coderdojo are one of the Offaly participants. Their project is entitled ‘Does being a member of Birr coderdojo improve numeracy, literacy and knowledge of Science?’

Gaelscoil an Eiscir Riada in Tullamore are also taking part with a project entitled ‘What can our class design and build using Lego mindstorm NXT technology?’

St Philomena’s NS in Tullamore are the third participating Offaly school and they have investigated the very topical subject matter of ‘To cut or not to cut - should we continue turf cutting in Ireland?’

The 120 participating schools represent 24 counties in the north and south of Ireland and come from as far afield as Fermanagh, Donegal, Clare and Cork. 4th, 5th and 6th class students aged between 9 and 12 years of age will display their class projects in a specially designated RDS Primary Science Fair Zone of the Exhibition.

The RDS Primary Science Fair is not a competition, the emphasis is to encourage child-led investigation and for students to learn how to work scientifically and develop practical inquiry based skills. Students work as a class under the supervision of their teacher on a project which should seek to pose and answer a question related to the primary science curriculum.

The RDS Primary Science Fair takes place from Thursday, January 10 to Saturday, January 12, 2013 at the RDS with 40 different schools showcasing their class project on each day of the Fair. For further information on the RDS Primary Science Fair and a full list of participating schools and their projects, please visit www.rds.ie/primarysciencefair.

Since 1731, the RDS has continued to further the broad economic and cultural development of Ireland. The RDS Primary Science Fair is part of the RDS Foundation Science and Technology programme which aims to encourage the development of science and mathematical skills in primary school aged children by fostering education innovation.