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26 Jun 2022

14 primary schools in Tipperary receive awards recognising their achievements in science, technology, engineering, and maths

Discover Science and Maths Award is led by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)

14 primary schools in Tipperary receive awards recognising their achievements in science, technology, engineering, and maths

The programme aims to increase interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) among primary school students, parents, and teachers, nationwide in a fun and engaging way

The Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD, announced today that 14 primary schools in Tipperary will be awarded the Discover Science and Maths Award.

Led by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), the programme aims to increase interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) among primary school students, parents, and teachers, nationwide in a fun and engaging way.

 

The recipient schools from Tipperary are:

St. John The Baptist Girls School
St. Mary's Central National School.
Gaelscoil Aonach Urmhumhan
Gaelscoil Chluain Meala
Rearcross Scoil Náisiúnta
Presentation Primary School
Scoil Teampall Toinne
St. Peter And Paul National School
Bun Scoil Béal An Átha
St Francis National School
Lackamore National School
Burncourt National School
Cullen National School
Scoil Náisiúnta Phádraig Naofa
 

Commenting on the awards, Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD, said: “I want to congratulate all the students and the teachers that have been successful in winning an SFI Discover Primary Science and Maths Award in Tipperary. The projects this year covered several important topics that will inevitably impact every one of us including climate change, plastics and technology.

 

“I know the last few years haven’t been easy for children but yet again, we have seen their imaginations remain alive and they are working together to help us solve the big challenges we all face.

 

“I really hope students and their teachers will keep engaging with programmes such as this one and developing science, technology and maths within the school. Because we need so many big ideas and bright people to help us navigate our way through the big problems we are all dealing with.”

 

The awards celebrate and recognise the participation of schools in hands-on, inquiry-based learning in the areas of STEM.  This year, students focused on issues such as climate change, plastics, technology, and using STEM to solve everyday problems.

 

Congratulating the schools, Dr Ruth Freeman, Director of Science for Society at Science Foundation Ireland, said: “It is great to again get the opportunity to celebrate and reward so many primary school students in Tipperary, and their teachers, for their excellent contributions to the SFI Discover Primary Science and Maths programme. We are committed to breaking down barriers and finding ways to make learning both accessible and engaging.  

"I hope that dated, stereotypical views of the types of people who work in STEM will soon be a thing of the past; as we look forward to the next generation of STEM workers and enthusiasts, we need to ensure that the full diversity of our society is reflected. There already is evidence of increasing levels of diversity amongst our research community, but more can still be done.  Engaging with primary school students and their families is a key component to achieving this.”

 

The awards offer three categories for applicants: The Certificate of STEM, is aimed at schools starting out on the STEM journey and involves a minimum of two classes. The Plaque of STEM, which is for schools further along their STEM journey, involves at least half of the classes in the school. The Badge of Excellence is for schools that have already achieved the Plaque and have continued to demonstrate excellence in raising awareness of STEM in their communities. This year, 13 Tipperary schools received the Plaque of STEM and 1 received the Badge of Excellence.

 

The virtual award ceremony was attended by teachers and students from over 200 schools all over the country and included a live science show marking the close of this year’s programme.

 

SFI, in conjunction with the European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO), offers free continuous professional development (CPD) in STEM for primary school teachers. The programme explores the topics of biodiversity, insulation, and space through inquiry-based learning. The three workshops will provide teachers with a framework and planning tools to deliver hands-on STEM learning in the classroom. This CPD can be carried out virtually via Zoom. 

 

Registration for the 2022/2023 Academic Year Awards and the DPSM/ESERO CPD will open in September 2022.  For more information about the DPSM programme, the Awards and CPD, please visit www.primaryscience.ie   or contact the team on primaryscience@sfi.ie.

 

Total Awards in Tipperary: 14 awarded

Certificate of STEM: 

Plaque of STEM: 13 awarded 

Badge of Excellence: 1 awarded

Total Awards nationwide: 372 awarded 

DEIS Schools nationwide: 80 awardees for 2022/2023

Gaelscoil nationwide: 16 awardees for 2022/2023

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