PHOTOS – Limerick Primary Science Fair 2018 gets off to great success

Rose of Tralee Jennifer Byrne takes a selfie with pupils from Saint Attractas, Mayo at this years Limerick Primary Science Fair 2018 which will see over 3000 primary school students from all over the country exhibit their STEM investigations at Mary Immaculate College. Between the three venues of Limerick, Dublin and Belfast there will be over 7000 participants in 2018. Picture Sean Curtin True Media.

Limerick Primary Science Fair 2018 gets off to great success

Limerick Primary Science Fair 2018

JC Cusipag, Westbury, Co. Clare from Scoil êde, Corbally, Co. Limerick, testing how microgravity effects plant growth as part of their project for the RDS Primary Science Fair Limerick which takes place in Mary Immaculate College 18-20 January. Photo: Oisin McHugh True Media

A full day out for primary school pupils, families and teachers, the Limerick Primary Science Fair 2018 showcases 4th-6th class primary school science-themed projects alongside an exciting educational entertainment programme including large scale science shows and interactive exhibits.

Visitors will have the opportunity to engage with all of the class science projects showcased on the day in addition to attending many of the shows included in the curriculum linked programme of science themed educational entertainment.

The RDS Primary Science Fair showcases STEM investigations (science, technology, engineering and maths) undertaken by 4th-6th class and Key Stage 2 primary school-aged children across Ireland. With a core focus on children’s skills development, it brings together teachers, parents and students to showcase class projects, share experiences and learn from each other.

The fair is currently taking place in Limerick until January 20 and Belfast (June 6-7). A great day out for the entire class, the RDS Primary Science Fair showcases STEM-related projects alongside an exciting science-themed entertainment programme, including large-scale science shows and interactive exhibits.

Independent evaluation of the Fair has shown that 97% of participants reported that their science skills improved, and 80% noted an improvement in their maths. The evaluation shows that there is a wealth of other benefits for participants, as well as for the teachers and schools too. A recent Goverment-commissioned report on STEM education in Ireland highlighted the Fair as an exemplar of STEM education.

One of the world’s longest-serving philanthropic organisations, the RDS was founded in 1731 to help Ireland thrive economically and culturally by driving the creation and cultivation of potential in people. Their investment in the RDS Primary Science Fair is part of this commitment.

The Fair is underpinned by the pilot RDS STEM Learning project, which aims to support primary school teachers to develop their skills and to mentor other teachers in integrating science, technology, engineering and maths within their classwork.

The Limerick Primary Science Fair is taking place at Mary Immaculate College until tomorrow.

For more on the Primary Science Fair click here

For more stories on previous Primary Science Fairs click here

Pictures: Sean Curtin/True Media

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