Information for Teachers
The call for entries for the Belfast Fair is now closed.
The RDS Primary Science Fair will take place in three venues in 2018, Dublin, Limerick and Belfast. Please see below the most frequenty asked questions regarding the Fairs.
Dates of the Fair
The Fair will take place on the following dates
- June 6 & 7, 2018 - Belfast Waterfront
- January 16 - 18, 2019 - MIC Limerick
- March 6 & 7, 2019 RDS Dublin ( Note - change of date from previous years)
- June 5 & 6, 2019 - Belfast Waterfront
Admittance to the Fair
Participating (exhibiting) classes and their teachers (i.e. those showcasing their class project) have free admission to the Fair. These schools showcase their work as well as enjoy a day of science-themed workshops, shows and entertainment.
Visiting schools can book tickets in advance. Visiting groups can 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. Individuals and groups of less than 10 people do not require an advance booking for entrance to the Fair and can purchase tickets at the venue.
Fair opening times
Project stands must be setup by 9.30am. All groups are asked to ensure that their project remains on display until the Fair closes at 3pm.
The Fair is open to visiting groups and the public from 10am - 3pm. Last recommended admission is 1pm, as the final shows begin at 1.30pm.
Online booking for school visits is now open
School / Group Booking (Groups of 10+)
Per Child: £3.50/€4 per child or supervising teacher/adult
Family Ticket: £15 (2 adults and 2 children)
Individual Adult: £8
Individual Child: £4
* Senior Citizens, Unwaged, Students (relevant ID/proof of entitlement may be requested on entry to the venue); Disabled Patrons (please note there is no charge for an accompanying carer).
Directions and parking at the Fair
Please find clear guidelines on how to get to our venues below. We will contact all exhibiting schools closer to each event to organise school buses and parking.
RDS Primary Science Fair Project Showcase
School groups will be provided with a personalised class schedule to ensure that they can enjoy many of the shows in addition to exploring the Project Showcase.
Entertainment at the Fair
The Limerick and Belfast Primary Science Fair have a science-themed entertainment programme which is designed specifically for a primary-school aged audience. All participating schools, as well as visiting and the public, will be able to avail of this on each Fair day. Each group at the Fair in Limerick and Belfast will be given a schedule of educational workshops and shows to attend to help you make the most of the day.
It is recomended that pupils, where possible, bring their own packed lunches. Limited catering/tuck shops will be available on site. Teachers can enjoy our science cafe, where fresh sandwiches, scones and hot drinks will be available for purchase
Exhibition guidelines and stand dimensions
Remember the Class Project Planning Framework– have you thought about each element, including your question, design & make, maths and your conclusion?
For full details of the exhibition guidelines please refer to the Terms and Conditions. The exhibition display board (dimensions are in millimetres) is plastic and schools are advised to use double sided sticky foam pads (thumb tacks and blu-tac do not work on this material.) A header board will be provided for each project which will include the project title and school name. One electrical socket will also be available at each stand, to use this you will need to bring an extension cable and/or adaptor as necessary. Wireless internet will be available at each stand. Please remember no live animals, insects, sharp objects, naked flames, fungus samples etc.!
Staffing of the stand
As projects are a whole class initiative the full class is welcome to attend the Fair on the day. A representative selection of students (maximum 5 + 1 teacher) from each exhibiting group must remain at their stand between 9.30am and 3pm to talk to visitors and judges about their work. It is recommended that teachers create a roster for the class, allowing each student time to man the stand and time to explore the rest of the exhibition. Please do not leave valuables (e.g. laptops) unattended at any time.
Dedicated RDS Primary Science Fair Judges will be on hand and will be visiting stands between 10.00am and 12.30pm to meet with the students and learn about their projects. Please note that the emphasis of the Fair is on student participation and encouraging them to feel part of this unique experience. It is not a competition. For this reason, judges will provide feedback to students and teachers and each school will receive certificates of participation and a trophy to keep as a memento. Judges feedback and the presentation of trophies to each group will begin at 2.30pm and will take place at each stand.
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