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Young science stars from across the county light up ESB Science Blast at the University of Limerick

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Pictured at ESB Science Blast Limerick, the RDS Foundation’s flagship Science and Technology Programme, were pupils Molly Dillon, Edward Stokes and Anna Fennessy from Nicker National School, Pallasgreen, Co Limerick. Photograph by Eamon Ward

27 schools from County Limerick took part in the sixth annual ESB Science Blast Limerick at University of Limerick

Pictured at ESB Science Blast Limerick, the RDS Foundation’s flagship Science and Technology Programme, were pupils from Doon Convent NS, Doon, Co. Limerick. Photograph by Eamon Ward
Pictured at ESB Science Blast Limerick, the RDS Foundation’s flagship Science and Technology Programme, were pupils from Doon Convent NS, Doon, Co. Limerick. Photograph by Eamon Ward

Over 130 projects from 106 primary schools around the country, including 27 schools from County Limerick, were showcased at this year’s sixth annual ESB Science Blast Limerick, the RDS Foundation’s flagship Science and Technology Programme. A STEM-focused educational programme involving whole classes investigating the science behind simple questions, this year’s event took place at the University of Limerick for the first time, from 21st – 23rd May.

Pupils from across the county showcased an experiment and discussed their investigation with a STEM expert (Judge/Moltóir). The judging was non-competitive and aimed at growing pupils’ interest in and passion for STEM. Over 67,500 children have participated in ESB Science Blast to date, making it the largest primary school programme on the island of Ireland, and one of the largest programmes of its kind in Europe.

Strong themes emerging from schools at this year’s Limerick event centred on biodiversity, the impact of technology on physical and mental wellbeing, and questions focusing on sports and exercise.


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Participating schools in Limerick included Scoil Dean Cussen, Bruff, Doon Convent NS, Doon and Castleconnell NS, Castleconnell. Their projects featured questions such as:

How do different acids affect the rate of corrosion?
What is the magic behind ‘The Marker’!?
What material would make the best parachute for Batman?

Speaking at the event in the University of Limerick, Niamh De Loughry, Deputy Chief Executive of the RDS Foundation, said, “It’s wonderful to see such a great turnout here in Limerick for our key Science and Technology Programme from primary schools across Ireland, including Limerick county.  

“In developing ESB Science Blast we wanted an event that would be informative, inclusive and, above all, a really fun and engaging learning experience. I’ve really enjoyed meeting the children from all around the country and hearing about their learning experience and the process behind it. It’s also great to connect with the teachers and understand how the

“We’re also delighted to welcome more Gaelscoileanna than ever before to Limerick, a 100% increase on last year, and to welcome back so many returning schools, proving how beneficial and enjoyable teachers and pupils find taking part in ESB Science Blast to be.”

Pupils from Lisnagry NS, Lisnagry, Co. Limerick with their project investigating the science behind the question -Is it possible to solve a crime using science in primary. Photograph by Eamon Ward

Paddy Hayes, Chief Executive of ESB, added, “Every year ESB Science Blast brings STEM learning to schools in communities across Ireland and ESB is proud to work with the RDS on this unique initiative.

“Through the programme, children of all backgrounds and abilities are developing life skills that will help them to become innovative and creative problem solvers, as well as active, informed and engaged citizens.  I always look forward to seeing the energy, the excitement, and the celebration of curiosity at ESB Science Blast.”

ESB Science Blast is a free and hands-on way to engage young learners with STEM, specifically designed for primary school and funded by the RDS Foundation through its Science and Technology Programme.

Following the Limerick dates, ESB Science Blast will also take place in Belfast on 4th June 2024.

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