Category: Discover Primary Science and Maths

What is the Discover Primary Science and Maths programme?

The Discover Primary Science and Maths (DPSM) programme is part of Science Foundation Ireland’s Education and Public Engagement Programme, which aims to increase interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). DPSM originated in 2003 with the goal of introducing primary school students to science in a practical, hands-on, enjoyable and interactive way.
As part of the DPSM process in our school we carried out lots of experiments and investigations, we increased our use of ICT for teaching and learning, we went on educational trips and organised visits from guest speakers. We also organised a variety of events and activities for Science WeekMaths Week and Engineers Week. In order to meet the award criteria, we had to compile a comprehensive Log of Evidence to ensure that all of the criteria had been met.
Our school was awarded with our Plaque of STEM Excellence from the Science Foundation Ireland as recognition for our hard work. Participating in the awards programme has helped to raise the profile of science and Maths within the school. It has also provided a structured framework for developing STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) work throughout the school.DPSM