Spring into Greenwave

Science Foundation Ireland tells us about their nationwide primary school science project, which tracks the arrival of Spring, and why every school child should Spring into Greewave.

 What is Greenwave?

Greenwave chosenGreenwave is a nationwide primary school science project tracking the arrival of Spring. Pupils log their sightings of six Greenwave species by uploading images to the website.

Greenwave is also one of the five criteria necessary to achieve a Discover Primary Science and Maths (DPSM) Award of Science and Maths Excellence. See Discover Primary Science & Maths for more information.

Now entering its 8th year, Greenwave continues to grow in popularity amongst students, teachers and parents alike. Last year 554 Irish primary schools took part in the Greenwave project, submitting a total of 1,600 official records of common species and 8,600 weather observations.

How to take part?

1. Between the months of February and May, students are asked to capture their sightings of six species:

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  • Swallow
  • Horse-chestnut
  • Primrose
  • Hawthorn
  • Ash

2. They must also make at least one weather observation by measuring and recording wind speed, rainfall or temperature.

The results are then logged on the Greenwave website in order to monitor and map the arrival of spring.

Why Your Child’s School Should Participate

Hugh Muldoon (8) and Eva Kavanagh (7) from Clane, Co. Kildare


2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the DPSM Awards of Science and Maths Excellence. This year as part of the Greenwave First in Frame photography competition, six schools with the best images of the Greenwave species will win a digital camera.

The closing date for entry to the awards is Friday 21st March.

Greenwave can help foster a STEM Interest

Speaking at the launch of Greenwave 2014, Minister for Research and Innovation, Seán Sherlock, said: “The Greenwave initiative creates an opportunity for children to engage with science in an interesting, fun and hands-on way. Educating children in the subjects of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) is vital if we are to progress and maintain sustainable growth of Ireland’s economy. Initiatives like Greenwave help to foster an interest in STEM subjects in our children from an early age.”

Find out more about STEM and careers here.

So make sure you’re school doesn’t miss out!

Visit for more details on the Greenwave project. To register for the DPSM Awards of Science and Maths Excellence, visit

Are you as family tracking the arrival of Spring? Is you child’s school involved in Greenwave? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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