Nationwide Primary Science Competition Announced

Ericsson, the world’s leading provider of telecommunications equipment and related services to mobile and fixed network operators is sponsoring a nation-wide competition for primary schools in science in association with development agency Atlantic Corridor.

Ericsson, the world’s leading provider of telecommunications equipment and related services to mobile and fixed network operators is sponsoring a nation-wide competition for primary schools in science in association with development agency Atlantic Corridor.

The competition will be open to all primary schools in the Republic of Ireland and is linked to the existing primary school curriculum.

Through class project work and learning, the competition aims to provide primary school students with an insight into the excitement of science and maths in today’s world. Classes can develop a project based on one of four categories – living things, materials, energy and forces or environmental awareness and care. The project should demonstrate the everyday value of understanding science and maths.

Commenting on the competition Michael Gallagher, Managing Director of Ericsson in Ireland said :

“We are delighted to sponsor this competition again and now to be in a position to take it to a national level. In Ericsson, we are committed to Ireland in the long-term and as a technology leader we feel it appropriate to also help plant some of the seeds of the future of our knowledge economy. Given the wonderful experiences from the first competition, I’m very hopeful that this competition will give many young students a taste of the enjoyment and sense of achievement to be had in the world of science and engineering. I am also hopeful that many of them will want to pursue these interests in science and technology further with Ericsson some day in the future. A vibrant and sustainable knowledge economy will benefit all.”

Atlantic Corridor through its international links has developed a strong suite of programmes and initiatives to promote STEM – science, technology, engineering and maths education.

Jackie Gorman, CEO of Atlantic Corridor also commented : “The competition is a wonderful opportunity for primary schools and we are pleased to be running this event in association with our 2012 STEM Conference and a number of other initiatives over the coming months, with which we plan to make a positive and meaningful impact in science and technology education. It is wonderful to be working again with Ericsson, who have played such a key role in developing the knowledge economy in Ireland.

“We share a common objective in our work which is to generate greater interest in STEM subjects and skills, which are vital for Ireland in seeking to compete internationally for investment, growth and innovation.

“The closing date for registration of interest is December 23rd 2011 and 6 regional finals will be held across the country in the month of February 2012, with the national final in Athlone in March. We look forward to the competition and we encourage as many students and teachers as possible to engage in this exciting opportunity. ”

Further details on the Science Competition, the 2012 Conference and a range of other initiatives promoting STEM can be found on www.atlanticcorridor.ie. You can also find Atlantic Corridor on Facebook and follow it on Twitter @atlanticcorrid or contact 057 93 23902 for further details.