Discover Primary Science and Maths

Background

On this page you can find out more about the background of the Discover Science & Engineering Programme and this flagship project - Discover Primary Science and Maths. You can learn about how the programme works, what training and resources are available, and after all the hard work what recognition your students can expect. Read about the Awards of Science and Maths Excellence for schools who take part in Discover Primary Science and Maths and find out about discover centers around Ireland.

Background

Discover Primary Science and Maths is a flagship project run by the Discover Science & Engineering (DSE) awareness programme. DSE is managed by Science Foundation Ireland on behalf of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation. The programme aims to develop creativity in our children, show them how important science is to our everyday lives and more importantly how much fun it can be!

How it works

The Discover Primary Science and Maths programme is intended to be an invaluable resource for teachers and students alike by helping large numbers of young children to understand that science and maths isn't just about people in white coats carrying out difficult experiments. It's about fun, discovery and adventure, and it is something which is fundamentally relevant to our everyday lives.

Hands-on training sessions are provided for all teachers participating in the initiative, while a range of resources are then supplied to participating classes. These include access to our website where there are a number of science and maths hands on activities, helpful hints for teachers, explanations of the science background for each activity, and how they relate to the SESE curriculum.

Training

Hands-on training sessions are provided for all teachers participating in the Discover Primary Science and Maths Programme. The training sessions are given by qualified science trainers on specially assigned induction afternoons, and are hosted in the school (with a minimum of 10 teachers)

Resources

  • Access to activities on the www.primaryscience.ie site
  • Guidelines and clear instructions for each activity.
  • Easy to source equipment lists.
  • Helpful hints as support for teachers and explanations of the science background for each activity.
  • How activities link to the curriculum.

Recognition

  • Downloadable certificates are available to all students that participate in Discover Primary Science and Maths once the teacher completes the online evaluation survey.
  • Certificate of participation for every school upon completion of online evaluation.
  • Schools will also have the opportunity to apply for an Award of Science and Maths Excellence.

Award of Science and Maths Excellence

For those schools which excel in their levels of participation in Discover Primary Science and Maths, the Awards of Science and Maths Excellence have been introduced, which recipient schools can publicly display as a mark of their achievement. Schools can then build on this achievement from year to year.

Eligibility to apply for an Award of Science and Maths Excellence is based on meeting criteria by participating in a range of activities, both prescribed and explorative.

Discover Centres around Ireland
With a view to expanding the activity of schools involved in Discover Primary Science and Maths beyond the school and broadening the experiences of teachers and pupils, a network of Discover Science Centres was established. School groups participating in Discover Primary Science and Maths have been visiting these centres and undertaking curriculum relevant activities through specially designed activity sheets.



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