Beauty of science gets new wings
Published 16/06/2010 | 05:00
TWELVE Irish primary schools are taking part in a €4.3m European wide science and maths project. The aim of the Fibonacci Project is to help develop a strategy for scientific literacy and awareness for primary schools across Europe.
Pictured at the launch of the project are Roisin Ni Bhroin, a 6th class teacher at St Paul's school, Dublin, and Valerie Kavanagh, a 2nd class teacher at St Martin de Porres school, Tallaght.
Dr Cliona Murphy and Dr Janet Varley from the Centre for the Advancement of Science and Mathematics Teaching and Learning at St Patrick's College, Drumcondra, will coordinate the project in Ireland. The centre writes the award-winning weekly 'Eureka' science supplement for the Irish Independent.
Twenty-four teachers are also involved in the pilot scheme in Ireland, which will be gradually expanded to other primary schools. The Fibonacci project will involve 24 countries in Europe developing their own projects for promoting inquiry-based science/maths education in local schools, whilst also sharing expertise with groups in other countries. Dr Murphy said that by developing primary teachers' expertise in investigative approaches to science "we will be investing in school science for the long-term".