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2016 RDS Primary Science Fair at Mary Immaculate College



2016 RDS Primary Science Fair Limerick takes place in association with the Irish American Partnership and supported by the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition and Mary Immaculate College. It will take place on January 15 and 16 2016 at Mary Immaculate College.

2016 RDS Primary Science Fair

Field work for the RDS Primary Science Fair
Conor Shanahan, and Tom McMahon
Students from Monagea NS, Newcastlewest, Co. Limerick working on their RDS Primary Science Fair project: ‘Does the population of earthworms in a field differ depending on the field type?’ This year the Fair takes place in Dublin and Limerick across two weekends (January 7-9 & January 15-16).
Does the population of earthworms in a field differ depending on the field type?
Picture: Clare Keogh

January 2016 has already got off to a flying start with over 4,500 fourth, fifth and sixth class students from across the country attending the RDS Primary Science Fairs held in Dublin and, for the first time ever, in Limerick.

Representing 27 counties from across Ireland, the 180 primary school class projects will be split between the RDS Primary Science Fair Dublin, currently taking place alongside the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, and the inaugural RDS Primary Science Fair Limerick 15-16 January at Mary Immaculate College (MIC) Limerick.


A 10% increase in applicants saw the 2016 RDS Primary Science Fair oversubscribed by 40%, with almost half of applicants being first-time entrants. The RDS Primary Science Fair Limerick has seen applications from Munster almost double for 2016 with over 120 classes applying from the province alone.

Commenting in advance of the Limerick Fair Michael Duffy, CEO of the RDS said: “The appetite for the RDS Primary Science Fair grows every year, demonstrating primary school teachers’ desire for innovative methods of teaching science in the classroom, but also the fun that children get out of participation. The move to Limerick is the first of a national expansion that the RDS intend to roll out over the next few years and we know that the schools and people of Munster will help make it a great success.”

The RDS Primary Science Fair is part of the RDS Science and Technology programme which aims to encourage the development of science and mathematical skills in primary school aged children by fostering education innovation and is part of a suite of RDS work programmes that aim to enrich Ireland culturally and economically.

The Limerick Fair will feature an exciting educational entertainment programme for children, families and teachers including large-scale science shows and interactive exhibits in a unique venue. The exhibitions, taking place in Tailteann, MIC, will look at various topics such as St Conaire’s NS, Shannon presentation on How does air quality in Shannon compare to air quality in rural Clare? While pupils from Gaelscoil de hÍde, Mainistir Fhearmaí, Co. Corkexamine the possibility of charging of mobile phones with fruits and vegetables! 

Programme highlights include The Gravity Go-Cart Showdown comprising of engineering workshops where students will be divided into teams of four and be challenged to design and build a go-cart that is pulled by the force of gravity; Fun Science Experiments Shows, where those involved learn through participation and fun about air and sound, visual puzzles, density and oil and water, explosions and gases and a Science Show by Science Irelandwhere you can discover the science behind rockets and air cannons.

Full programme available to view here and tickets available here.
Further details by RDS can be found here.
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