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Applying to the RDS Primary Science Fair

 The Call for Entries for the 2019 Dublin, Limerick and Belfast Fairs will open in September 2018.

  1. Call for Entries - Timeline and Application Form
  2. Class Project Planning Framework
  3. Key Information & Links
  4. When & Where
  5. Contact Us

1. Call for Entries

Open to all Key Stage 2 (NI) and 4th, 5th and 6th (ROI) classes. Schools who submit an application to participate in the Fair will be notified within one week of their entry - we aim to accept all schools who wish to display their project work and plan to increase the capacity for all Fairs in 2019 to achieve this aim.


2. Class Project Planning Framework

We strongly recommend that teachers use the RDS Primary Science Fair Class Project Planning Framework in class to lead pupils in thinking about the steps necessary for their project and to ensure a focus on skills development. This framework aligns with the objectives of NI and ROI primary curriculum with reference to TSPC (NI) and SESE (ROI) and provides a basis for:

  • Class Planning - to identify the overall approach to the investigation and to plan what to do with the evidence/information gathered

  • Call for Entries - the online form to be completed by schools who are interested in participating in the Fair 

  • Project Allocation - stands are allocated to schools based on the information provided in the online form.

  • Judges’ Feedback - the Fair is non-competitive, but constructive feedback is provided to pupils and their teachers following discussion of the project with a Judge at the Fair. All participating schools will also be presented with a school trophy and pupil certificates of participation


3. Key Information & Links

Please consult Information for Teachers for answers to the most frequently asked questions.

ROI curriculum links: SESE, Science, Maths

NI curriculum links: World Around Us, Thinking Skills & Personal Capabilities

SEN Curriculum Resources from SESS and CCEA


4. When & Where

The 2019 RDS Primary Science Fair will take place in:

  • RDS, Dublin - March 6 & 7, 2019
  • Mary Immaculate College, Limerick - May 22 - 24, 2019 
  • Belfast Waterfront, Belfast - June 5 & 6, 2019

5. Contact us at primarysciencefair@rds.ie or by phone: 0345 2661897 (NI) or +353 (0)1 240 7990 (ROI).

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