On a roll for the RDS science fair
TWO primary schools from County Wexford are among 120 schools from across the island of Ireland taking part in the RDS Primary Science Fair from January 9-11.
They are Kilrane National School, who will be answering the question: which brand of paper towel is most absorbent, and Our Lady of Lourdes, from Bunclody, with the issue of whether 'food dudes improved our diet'.
Eoin O'Donagain, the Principal at Kilrane NS, said the school was absolutely delighted to get through.
'For the last four years we have visited the RDS and submitted a project, but it has been difficult to get through. This year we submitted the simplest of projects and managed it,' he said, 'it's huge for us'.
The RDS Primary Science Fair takes place alongside the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition and encourages primary school teachers to focus on developing students' scientific skills by investigating a question or problem.
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.
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.
The Fair 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.