Science & Technology
RDS Primary Science Fair
The call for entries for the 2018 Fair for Dublin and Limerick is now closed. The call for entries for the Belfast Fair will open on Wednesday, January 10, 2018.
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 takes place in Dublin (January 11-13) Limerick (January 18-20) 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. Please see the information for teachers page for answers to the most frequently asked questions.
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 oldest 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. Our 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.
For further information, please contact:
RDS Science & Technology Programme Manager
Tel: +353 (0) 1 240 7990 (ROI)
Tel: 0345 2661897 (NI)