Saturday 24 August 2019

Science and maths awards for students

By David tucker

NINETEEN Wexford schools have received Science Foundation Ireland Discover Science and Maths Awards.

The programme aims to increase interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) among primary school students and teachers and recognises the achievements of children and teachers in the application of STEM in their classrooms.

Schools are awarded credit for visiting Discover Science Centres, carrying out their own experiments, using digital technology and maths, going on STEM-related field trips, hosting visits from scientists and engineers, and holding a science open day in the school.

All those awarded were congratulated by Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald, who said the Science Foundation Ireland Discover Science and Maths Awards guide and inspire the next generation of inventors, problem solvers and creative thinkers.

Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development, John Halligan, said, 'the programme plays an important role in fostering innovation and motivating our young people to explore careers in these areas. STEM skills are crucial to the success of our economy and the betterment of society, so I'm delighted to see so many children getting involved.'

'Science Foundation Ireland is committed to making STEM accessible to all, so encouraging students, particularly girls, to engage with science and maths in a fun and interactive way early on is key. I commend these teachers for their passion and commitment to STEM and congratulate them on achieving the award for their school,' said Dr Ruth Freeman, Director of Strategy and Communications at the foundation.

The Wexford schools are: Screen National School, Our Lady of Lourdes National School, Scoil Mhuire, Rosslare, Wexford Educate Together National School, St Brigid's NS, Clonegal, St Fintan's National School, Mayglass, St Kevin's National School, Kennedy Park National School, Scoil Realt Na Mara, Kilmore, St Canice's National School, St Aidan's Primary School, Scoil Naomh Úna, Scoil Náisiúnta Mhuire, Tagoat, St John of God Primary School, Scoil Mhuire, Our Lady's Island, St Joseph's National School, Danescastle National School, Scoil Náisiúnta Cill Damhain and Scoil Náisiúnta Moin Na gCaor.

Wexford People

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