Offaly students present amazing science projects at a major RDS event

Over 500 projects from primary schools across the country, including seven schools from Offaly, were showcased at this year's sixth annual ESB Science Blast, the RDS Foundation's flagship science and technology programme. ESB Science Blast is a STEM-focused educational program that involves whole classes exploring the science behind simple questions.

The Dublin event took place over four days at RDS Simmonscourt, from 4th to 7th March, and included a special Ghaelscoileanna and Ghaeltacht schools event.

Students from Offaly presented an experiment and discussed their research with a STEM expert (Judge/Moltőr). The assessment was non-competitive and aimed to increase students' interest and passion for STEM. Now in its sixth year, more than 55,000 children have taken part in ESB Science Blast to date, making it the largest primary school program on the island of Ireland and one of the largest programs of its kind in Europe.

Strong themes that emerged in schools this year included climate change, biodiversity, the impact of fast fashion and issues related to physical and mental health.

Participating schools in Offaly include St. Ciaran's Mixed National School, Ballycumber; Scoil Bhríde and Gaelscoil Éadan Doire Primary School, Edenderry; Ballinagar National School, Scoil Shinchil Killeigh and Gaelscoil in Eiscir Riada, Tullamore, agus Gaelscoil na Laochra, Biorra. Their projects include questions such as:

Can doing a set of bodyweight exercises every day for 6 weeks improve our mental and physical fitness?
How is everyone's set of fingerprints different?
Do different liquids affect the rate at which ice melts?
Why do some people see color differently?
Cén dáf gur póiál le eitleán fítit cé go bhíil sé lán go bárr le daoine agus sátós?
So is Ceamara Obscura broken?

Speaking at the event at RDS Simmonscourt, Niamh De Loughry, Deputy Chief Executive of the RDS Foundation, said:

“It is wonderful to see such a great response to our key Science and Technology Program from primary schools across the length and breadth of Ireland, including Offaly. In developing the ESB Science Blast, we wanted an event that would be informative, inclusive and, above all, a really fun and engaging learning experience. I really enjoyed meeting the kids from all over the country and learning so much from the wild and wonderful projects they are showing here this week.

“I am also delighted that this year we have welcomed an even split of entrants and 'first class' schools in the RDS, with more than a quarter of all Gaelscoileanna taking part in the dedicated day for Irish-speaking schools on 7 March. “

Paddy Hayes, CEO of the ESB, added: “Each year the ESB Science Blast brings STEM learning to schools in communities across Ireland and the ESB is proud to be working with the RDS on this unique initiative. Through the program, children of all backgrounds and abilities develop life skills that will help them become innovative and creative problem solvers, as well as active, informed and engaged citizens. I always look forward to seeing the energy, excitement and celebration of curiosity at ESB Science Blast.”

One of the largest science education programs of its kind, ESB Science Blast is a free and practical way to engage young students in STEM, specially designed for primary schools and funded by the RDS Foundation through its Science and Technology Programme. It involves a whole class exploring the science behind a simple question and then showcasing their work at one of three annual events in Dublin, Limerick and Belfast.

Following the Dublin dates, the ESB Science Blast will also take place in Limerick on 21-23 May and in Belfast on 4 June 2024.

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