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RDS Primary Science Fair

The RDS Primary Science Fair is coming to Belfast. Get your project idea in by February 15. Information for teachers applying to the 2017 RDS Primary Science Fair Belfast

Now going into its eighth year, the RDS Primary Science Fair is a non-competitive forum, showcasing STEM investigations (science, technology, engineering and maths) undertaken by primary school classes across Ireland. The investigations encourage children’s innate curiosity to explore the science behind the everyday.

Open to Key Stage 2, and fourth, fifth and sixth classes, across the island of Ireland, the Fair will take place in Belfast's, Waterfront for this first time this summer (June 8-9). The Fair will also feature an exciting science-themed educational entertainment programme specifically designed for primary school aged children and will feature a range of interactive shows, demonstrations and hands-on exhibits.

Participating classes and their teachers (i.e. those showcasing their class project) have free admission to the Fair, where they will showcase their work and enjoy a day of science-themed workshops, shows and entertainment.

Independent evaluation has shown that 97% of participants feel their science skills imrpove, with 80% reporting improvements in their maths. But the evaluation shows that there is a wealth of other benefits for participants, as well as for the teachers and schools too.

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:

Karen Sheeran
RDS Science & Technology Programme Manager
Dublin 4
Tel: +353 (0) 1 240 7990
Email: science@rds.ie

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