Now going into its eighth year, the RDS Primary Science Fair will take place in January 2017 in both Dublin and Limerick. As a non-competitive forum, the RDS Primary Science Fair showcases STEM investigations undertaken by primary school classes across Ireland. The investigations encourage the children’s innate curiosity to explore the science behind the everyday.
Open to fourth, fifth and sixth classes across the island of Ireland, the Fairs will take place in Dublin, alongside the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition at the RDS, and in Limerick, in Mary Immaculate College. Schools can choose which venue they would prefer to exhibit at when they submit their Expression of Interest for a stand.
Entries will open for the 2017 Fairs from September 7, 2016.
Dates for RDS Primary Science Fairs 2017:
RDS, Dublin: January 12 - 14
Mary Immaculate College, Limerick: January 19 -21
Further details will be available in the coming months.
For an example of previous projects included in the Fair click here.
The RDS is now awarding bursaries to fund the development of new STEM-engagement material for the RDS Primary Science Fair Educational Entertainment Programme. This call will close on Wednesday August 10, 2016. For more information please click here.
The Fair is not a competition, the emphasis of participation is on the development of children’s core scientific skills as set out in the primary science curriculum i.e. ‘working scientifically’ and ‘designing and making’*. Feedback from teachers who have been involved in the Fair indicates that, through the process of their scientific investigation, students also develop their literacy, oral language and numeracy skills.
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 mathematics within their classwork.
The RDS Primary Science Fair Limerick is in association with the Irish American Partnership and is supported by Mary Immaculate College and the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.
*'Working Scientifically' skills include questioning, observing, predicting, investigating, experimenting, estimating, measuring, analysing, interpreting data, recording and communicating. 'Designing and Making' skills include exploring, planning, making and evaluating.
For further information, please contact:
RDS Primary Science Fair
Science & Technology
RDS Foundation Department
Tel: +353 (0) 1 240 7990
Fax: +353 (0) 1 660 4014