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

Bricks 4 Kidz

The children built motorised windmill models today as part of our Bricks 4 Kidz workshop.

They also learned all about:
– renewable and non-renewable energy sources
– wind energy and how it can be harnessed and converted into electricity
– how the energy in the wind pushes against the panels of a windmill to turn gears and how the gears drive the tools used to perform tasks such as pumping water or grinding grain to make flour.
– how the propeller-like blades of a wind turbine turn around a rotor and how the rotor is connected to the main shaft which spins a generator to create electricity
– how generators convert motive power (mechanical energy) into electrical power for everyday use in houses

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ReelLIFE SCIENCE – science video competition

The ReelLIFE SCIENCE project is an innovative science video competition that is open to participants of all ages; from Primary and Secondary Schools, Community Groups, Youth Groups and Clubs all around Ireland. It encourages participants to pick up a camera or smartphone and make an engaging and educational three-minute video communicating a science topic of their choice.
Each year, there are a selection of current and topical science themes announced on which the video entries can be based. The winning videos are selected by a panel of special guest judges and the winning videos are screened for the public at the Galway Science and Technology Festival during Science Week.
This project encourages people to connect with science and technology and to share their knowledge and creativity in a new and exciting way. There is always great excitement while we’re working on a new ReelLIFE SCIENCE video and the children really enjoy participating in this competition. In addition to the STEM content explored in the videos, the planning and video-making process provides them with opportunities to learn and practise a wide range of additional skills.
Below you’ll find some of our previous entries to this competition – we hope you’ll enjoy watching them!