Primary science fair calls for NI country schools and farm kids

Ireland’s biggest science fair is doubling its capacity in its second year in Belfast, bringing over 1,500 pupils together to display their creative science investigations this June.

Each project should seek to answer a specific STEM-related question closely linked to the primary school curriculum.

Last year’s investigations answered questions such as:
  • “How does milk make strong glue?”
  • “Does a hen’s diet affect the size of their eggs?”
  • “Could helium balloons really lift Mrs. Twit into the air?”

Entries can focus on anything related to the STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Think critically

The objective is to encourage as many students as possible to think critically about the world around them and work together as a class to investigate the unknown, puzzling or quirky.

A number of schools will then be invited to bring their research to life showcasing their findings at Belfast’s Waterfront Hall on June 6 and 7.

Key dates

The competition is open to all key stage 2 classes; the deadline for applications is February 14.

Chief executive of the RDS, Michael Duffy, said: “2017 was our first year in Belfast, and we were thrilled with the warm reception we received. The enthusiasm and excitement from the student participants, as well as the teachers and the wider STEM community, was palpable.”

Former head of the NI Civil Service Sir Bruce Robinson added that the fair “presents a great opportunity” to set the next generation on the path towards a STEM career.

Across Ireland

The RDS Primary Science Fair is already well-established in Dublin and Limerick. Between the three venues more than 7,000 primary school students are expected to take part in 2018.

Constructive feedback will also be provided by judges who work across science, education and STEM industries giving students the opportunity to engage with STEM professionals.

More information can be found online.