Science Foundation Ireland tells us about their Discover Primary Science & Maths project, and their Awards of Science Excellence and why your school child should be involved.
What is Discover Primary Science & Maths?
Discover Primary Science and Maths (DPSM) is a project of the SFI Discover Programme.
DPSM promotes inquiry based science teaching and learning and offers development workshops to teachers as well as many useful on-line resources. – Some of these classroom activities can also be used by parents with their children.
Over 3,000 primary schools have participated in DPSM, so you might have heard your child talking about the science activities they did at school today, the chances are that’s part of the DPSM programme.
Good news: Parents can also access the materials at www.primaryscience.ie. For example, on there you’ll find a great Kids Zone with some easy experiments you can try with your child and Science Week takes place in November!
SFI Discover Science & Maths Awards
Discover Primary Science and Maths also manages the SFI Discover Science & Maths Awards each year, and has Discover Science Centres across the country which are also great for family days out.
Over 500 schools did great science, technology, engineering and maths work in and outside of the classrooms last year and were presented with SFI Discover Science & Maths Awards.
More information can be found at www.primaryscience.ie
So why as parents should we care about this?
Well, the DPSM programme helps develop core science and maths skills in children.
It also helps to open their eyes to the possibility of studying or following a career in Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths (STEM).
You can find out more about STEM and careers here.
Has your child told you about the science activities they do at school? Share your thoughts in the comments below.