Wexford's primary pupils put science to the test in the RDS
Five Wexford schools put their work on display at the RDS Primary Science Fair recently, showcasing the results of their innovative projects and quirky experiments.
The Wexford students, who ranged from 4th to 6th class, were among 3000 others to take part in the annual event which aims to encourage young people to be inquisitive about the world around them.
Wexford class projects included: 'How do nettles sting and do dock leaves really cure them?' (St Patrick's NS); 'Does mould grow faster at higher temperatures?' (Clologue NS Camolin); 'Does exercise make our brains work better?' (Courtnacuddy NS Enniscorthy); 'Does exercise improve memory?' (Bunscoil Loreto Gorey) and 'Why is our local lake glowing green?' (Scoil Mhuire, Our Lady's Island).
Another one of the aims of the RDS Primary Science Fair is to develop teacher confidence and skills in teaching STEM subjects.
Michael Duffy, CEO of the RDS said: 'The appetite for the RDS Primary Science Fair grows every year, demonstrating primary school teachers' desire for innovative methods of teaching science in the classroom, but also the fun that children get out of participation.'
Now in its seventh year, the RDS Primary Science Fair Dublin runs alongside the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition. This year, the RDS Primary Science Fair also took place in Limerick on January 15 and 16. Mr Duffy said that this move was the 'first of a national expansion' that the RDS intend to roll out in the coming years.
'We are very grateful to our supporters for enabling this move, in particular the Irish American Partnership who have a specific interest in the educational well-being of Irish primary schools.'