Offaly Primary Schools figure out science and maths

Primary schools across Offaly are taking part in Discover Science & Engineering’s (DSE) Discover Primary Science and Maths Programme, which encourages primary school children and teachers to approach science and maths in a fun and interactive way. Last year, six Offaly primary schools received Awards of Science and Maths Excellence.

Primary schools across Offaly are taking part in Discover Science & Engineering’s (DSE) Discover Primary Science and Maths Programme, which encourages primary school children and teachers to approach science and maths in a fun and interactive way. Last year, six Offaly primary schools received Awards of Science and Maths Excellence.

To qualify for an Award of Science and Maths Excellence, schools must keep a log of certain science and maths related activities that they undertake throughout the year.

Schools get credit for visiting Discover Science Centres, inviting speakers to the school to talk about science and maths and displaying their work and other explorative activities.

Credits are also awarded for taking part in a number of other DSE programmes including the Greenwave project (www.greenwave.ie), a mass science project tracking the arrival of spring across Ireland, as well as completing activities related to the Engineers’ Week 2013 theme ‘Engineers, bringing dreams to life through curiosity and invention.’

Schools are urged to start working on their science and maths related activities straight away and can register for the Award of Science and Maths Excellence in January 2013 at www.primaryscience.ie

Speaking at the launch of the awards, Minister Sean Sherlock, TD, the Minister for Research and Innovation at the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation and at the Department of Education & Skills said “Discover Primary Science and Maths is an innovative programme that offers our children an engaging platform to kick-start growth and interest in science and maths.”

Full information on the Discover Primary Science and Maths Programme and the Awards of Science and Maths Excellence are available on the www.primaryscience.ie website.

The project also caters for Gaelscoileanna, with materials available in Irish on the website.