Science & Technology
RDS STEM Learning
The RDS STEM Learning Programme is an innovative and interactive professional development programme aimed at developing primary school teachers' pedagogical and conceptual knowledge of science and mathematics.
The 2017 RDS STEM Learning National Conference for Primary School Teachers took place on Saturday, November 25. It featured international astronomist Rosa Doran, who provided attendees with practical and creative ways of harnessing our amazing and confounding knowledge of space within the primary school curriculum.
A professional development programme with a difference - developed by teachers, for teachers - RDS STEM Learning challenges teachers to embrace children’s natural curiosity and to focus on how they think, not what they know. It is also a community for shared learning amongst teachers, providing know-how and confidence in science and maths teaching. The classroom benefits of RDS STEM Learning are many: literacy and numeracy improvements; better problem solving; oral language development and integration of inquiry skills across the curriculum.
RDS STEM Learning was developed and piloted from 2012 – 2014 by the RDS, St Patrick’s College of Education and CASTeL, SPD/DCU, and following a successful external evaluation of the project it was scaled-up in partnership with SFI Discover from 2015 - 2016. It aligns with the goal of the RDS Science and Technology programme: to encourage the development of science and mathematical skills in primary school aged children by fostering education innovation.
Following completion of the pilot, the RDS commissioned an external evaluation which has established that the pilot project has delivered significant measurable impact in the areas of teacher confidence and ability, and student engagement. The pilot programme showed evidence of creating a community of practitioners, enhancing teachers’ scientific inquiry skills and the breadth of methodologies used, increasing child-led learning, enhancing pupils’ numeracy and literacy skills and ensuring the cross-curricula integration of science.
For further information, please contact:
RDS Science & Technology Programme Manager
Tel: +353 (0) 1 240 7289