Thursday 19 September 2019

Kids get a Science Blast

Olivia Lumsden from St Mary’s and St Gerard’s NS, Enniskerry.
Olivia Lumsden from St Mary’s and St Gerard’s NS, Enniskerry.
Students from Newcourt School in Bray show their project ‘How much weight can spagetti hold?’ to Deputy Stephen Donnelly

Ninety per cent of Leinster parents believe basic scientific knowledge gives their children an advantage in life, and a whopping 96 per cent want their children to learn science to develop critical thinking and life skills in primary school.

That's according to research conducted on behalf of the RDS by iReach, commissioned to coincide with the staging of three major ESB 'Science Blast' events, the first of which took place in Dublin's RDS earlier this month.

ESB Science Blast nurtures STEM skills (Science, Maths, Engineering and Maths) through entire primary school classes investigating a simple question about the world around them.

Wicklow schoolchildren from third and sixth classes were among 6,000 students from 259 schools who presented the results of their chosen projects at the RDS.

All 82 judges were suitably impressed as they walked the ten aisles, filled with hundreds of experiments, and thousands of energetic and exuberant children - not to mention the 6,000 or so yoyos that were handed out to students (and one or two interested educators).

Around 3,600 primary school pupils from more than 140 schools will take part in the next ESB Science Blast in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, from May 21 to 23. The third and final Science Blast in Belfast will see over 2,000 pupils heading north on June 5 and 6.

Wicklow People