ESB Science Blast 2019

  This academic year, the inaugural Science Blast will take place and equip up to 13,000 primary school students with the fundamental skills of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) at a crucially early point in their academic lives. Science Blast involves an entire class investigating the science behind a straight-forward question and conducting simple experiments with items commonly found in schools or homes, before displaying their findings at an…

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STEM Education Policy Statement 2017-2026

Today the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, T.D. today launched his Department’s STEM Education Policy Statement 2017-2026 and Implementation Plan 2017-2019. The Minister is taking a long-term view on developing STEM learning across the entire school system from Early Childhood to Leaving Cert. He stated at the launch event I have set the ambition to make Ireland’s education and training service the best in Europe by 2026. We…

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STEM – New Plan on its way

Towards a STEM Education Policy Statement and Implementation Plan for Schools The Department of Education and Skills are currently developing a STEM Education Policy Statement and Implementation Plan for Schools. The Department’s work in this area is being informed by the STEM Education in the Irish School System report. The report contains 47 suggested actions that the Department should undertake to enhance the STEM learning in schools. One chapter of…

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Inspirefest Family Fringe

Inspirefest 2016 returns to Dublin this summer with another impressive, must-see festival with leading-edge thinkers, amazing networking and investment opportunities and impactful insights into the sci-tech industry. As part of the festival, the Family Fringe will also be making a return to Merrion Square. Taking place on the morning of 2 July, from 10am to 1pm, this event will give hundreds of families the opportunity to get hands-on with and take part…

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Teachers Try Science

Looking to add a little excitement to your Science classes?  Searching for some lesson plan inspiration to celebrate the upcoming 20th anniversary of Science Week (November 8th to 15th)?  No problem. Apart from the brilliant Science Week website there is a veritable virtual smorgasbord of STEM resources available on the web covering all levels and offering detailed lesson plans, multi-media resources and printables; all with the aim of sparking students’…

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Mission V

My class have been given a great opportunity to participate in the re-launched Mission V project. Mission V was previously run during the 2011-2012 school year.  Mission V provides the opportunity for primary pupils to learn through a game based environment. The pupils will be empowered to learn programming skills in a highly creative environment. Instead of pupils being users of ICT (using social media, playing games, etc.) they will…

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Atlantic Corridor Stem Conference

Towards the end of March I had the pleasure of attending the Atlantic Corridor STEM (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics) 2012 Conference in Tullamore and was inspired by the speakers on the day. The speakers included: Carol Lynn Parente the producer of “Sesame Street”, Ward Van Duffel (managing director of Lego Education), Marc Watson, president of US firm Imagine Creative Technology and TEQ Games, ​Leena Gade (chief racing and test…

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