Science & Technology
RDS Primary Science Fair
The RDS Primary Science Fair takes place in Belfast Waterfront Hall on June 6 and 7 and is a great day out for all involved. Online booking for school visits is now open, with the RDS contributing £75 towards your travel costs!
"It was an excellent day, very well organised, great staff and teachers and pupils alike gained a lot form the whole experience." - 2017 Belfast participant
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, alongside an exciting science-themed entertainment programme, including large-scale science shows and interactive exhibits. 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.
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 Government-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. 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)