Science Foundation Ireland’s Discover Programme is calling on all Tipperary primary schools to help them track the arrival of Spring by getting involved in Greenwave 2014.
This citizen science project, which sees students log their sightings of six Greenwave species by uploading images to the greenwave.ie website, is one of the five criteria necessary to achieve a Discover Primary Science and Maths (DPSM) Award of Science and Maths Excellence. Between the months of February and May, students are asked to capture their sightings of six species: frog, swallow, horse-chestnut, primrose, hawthorn and ash, in addition to making 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. Last year 554 Irish primary schools, including 17 Tipperary schools, took part in the Greenwave project, submitting a total of 1,600 official records of common species and 8,600 weather observations. To register for the DPSM Awards of Science and Maths Excellence, visit www.primaryscience.ie. The closing date for entry to the awards is Friday 21st March, however, schools who register before February 21st could win a visit from a member of the Science Excellence Squad, a panel of real life scientists championed by maths educator and TV and radio presenter Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin. Visit www.greenwave.ie for more details on the Greenwave project.