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RDS STEM Learning

The RDS STEM Learning CPD Programme is an innovative and interactive professional development programme aimed at developing primary school teachers' pedagogical and conceptual knowledge of science and mathematics. 

Current Opportunities

A professional development programme with a difference 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 was scaled-up in partnership with SFI Discover from 2015 - 2016. 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-curricular integration of science.

Current Opportunities

2018/2019 RDS STEM Learning Teacher Education Programme @ Education Centres

The 2018/2019 RDS STEM Learning Teacher Education Programme is a 10-hour CPD programme run across 4 weeks designed to support primary school teachers undertaking science investigations in the classroom as part of their participation in Science Blast, delivered by the RDS. The 2018/2019 Programme is being piloted in partnership with Education Centres starting in October 2018. Programme details and booking information will be available through Blackrock, Drumcondra, Dublin West, Kildare and Navan Education Centres from Wednesday, September 26.

The Programme will focus on investigating everyday issues in science and will be delivered by RDS STEM Learning Facilitators who are primary school teachers. Workshops aim to support teachers in building their confidence and skills in teaching science through inquiry and will generate a supportive learning environment where teachers can reflect on their classroom practice and share ideas and experience. Participants will be supported trial approaches in their classrooms and extend their learning by taking part in Science Blast, delivered by the RDS. 


2018 RDS STEM Learning National Conference for Primary School Teachers

The 2018 National Conference, entitled 'Digital technologies, science and the primary classroom', will take place on Saturday, November 24, 2018. Featuring keynote speaker Prof. Deirdre Butler, DCU Institute of Education, this one-day conference will explore approaches to embedding digital technologies within the primary curriculum. Workshops will focus on the effective use of digital tools within everyday scientific investigations using practical, hands-on and accessible approaches. Early bird tickets at €40 are available until October 26, €50 thereafter - Book your place now


For further information, please contact:

Karen Sheeran
RDS Science & Technology Programme Manager
Dublin 4
Tel: +353 (0) 1 240 7289
Email: science@rds.ie

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