Young minds display their work at Primary Science Fair

Published 21/01/2014 | 05:32

Katherine Duffy, Kerri McAdam, Emma Bruton and Aoife Hamilton from St. Mary’s NS, Garristown, with their project, ‘Does the colour of light affect plant growth?’, at the RDS Primary Science Fair.
Emma Bruton keeping a close eye on the Garristown NS project at the RDS Primary Science Fair.

PUPILS from a Fingal primary school were among 120 class projects that displayed their work at the 2014 RDS Primary Science Fair, which took place alongside the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.

The creative minds from Garristown National School submitted a project entitled 'Does the colour of light affect plant growth?'

The fair is not a competition, the emphasis of participation is on the development of children's core scientific skills as set out in the primary science curriculum i.e. 'working scientifically' and 'designing and making'. Through working together to question, observe, record and then make sense of what they find, students develop core life skills which provide them with a strong foundation for their future path in life.

It also aims to support teachers to develop their confidence and skills in teaching STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) using an inquiry-based approach. Feedback from teachers who have been involved in the Fair indicates that, through the process of their scientific investigation, students can also develop their literacy, oral language and numeracy skills.

Students work as a class under the supervision of their teacher on a project which should seek to pose and answer a question.

Other Fingal schools that participated were: Balbriggan Educate Together NS with their project 'Does water purity affect plant growth?'; Balscadden NS with their project 'By how much can we increase the distance we throw a stick by designing and making and atlatl?'; Holmpatrick NS, Skerries, and their project 'What would happen if the moon disappeared?'

Fingal Independent

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