Five national schools across Wexford attend Primary Science Fair
Five national schools from across Wexford took part in the RDS Primary Science Fair earlier this month.
They were amongst the 3,000 4th, 5th and 6th class students from across the country who displayed their class projects at the event.
The pupils from Bunscoil Loreto on St. Michael's Road in Gorey entitled their project 'Can we train our senses' while the students at Scoil Mhuire, Our Lady's Island in Broadway investigated 'Which is the best killer of micro-organisms: lemon, bread soda, vinegar or bleach'.
The 5th and 6th class students undertook to identify the area of the classroom with the most prolific growth of microbes. They designed and made their own incubators using recycled fruit boxes.
Finally they tested the various agents and found that bleach was the most effective but they also found that vinegar was quite effective.
'How could we make our classroom chairs more functional and safe for school use' was the premise of the project submitted by the pupils of St. Aidan's Primary School, Nunnery Road, Enniscorthy.
Students at St Ibar's National School, Clohamon, Bunclody looked at 'Beautiful bugs and butterflies: How can we encourage biodiversity?' with the pupils of St. Kevin's NS, Tara Hill, Gorey asking 'Which brand blows the best bubbles?'
Better teaching of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in primary education is considered by many experts to be crucial in strengthening Ireland's international science performance.
The Fair is part of the RDS Science and Technology programme which aims to encourage the development of science and mathematical skills in primary school aged children by fostering education innovation and is part of a suite of RDS work that aims to enrich Ireland culturally and economically.