Inch National School, Bouladuff, Thurles, has just been awarded its fourth Discover Science award of Maths and Excellence.
The school has been participating in the programme since 2006 and, as part of this year’s programme, had to undertake a number of science and maths related activities.
First to sixth class pupils participated in the Awards which required the children to keep a Discovery Log of their activities over to two month period. The classes participated in the national Greenwave programme where they observed, identified and recorded species such as the frog, primroses, the horse chestnut, the swallow, the ash tree and hawthorns in their local community and contributed the results to a national survey.
In class science experiments, under the themes of Energy and Forces and Materials, were completed and results compared and recorded, while the school also welcomed guest speaker Kevin Moore who spoke about engineering, science and maths in the workplace and as a field of study.
Children in the senior room also attended a Maths and Science fair in Tipperary and the use of science, maths and technology in the classroom was also evidenced by use of the school ipads, interactive whiteboards and computers.
The children had a fantastic time undertaking the programme, working in groups, carrying out experiments and meeting people who offered a very valuable insight into how essential Maths and science are.
Across Ireland, 517 primary schools will receive the Discover Primary Science and Maths (DPSM) Award of Science and Maths Excellence for their promotion of the subjects to students. Run through Science Foundation Ireland’s (SFI) Discover Programme, the DPSM award recipients must meet five criteria set out by SFI, including engaging in hands-on DPSM science and maths activities, & attending science events.