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Discover Primary Science

Discover Primary Science and Maths (DPSM) is the national programme, run by Science Foundation Ireland, to foster interest in science, technology engineering and maths amongst children in primary schools. Since 2010 the programme has been run in conjunction with the European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO) Ireland which uses space to inspire and engage young people in science and technology in the world around them.

Davidstown PS is working towards a DPSM Plaque of Science Excellence. We have almost completed all the criteria necessary to be awarded the plaque of excellence! Look at our class work page to see what we have been up to. Read on to see what hard work goes into achieving the award.

Step 1: Science

DPSM PLAQUE OF STEM EXCELLENCE

6 hands-on science investigations, with at least one from each of the four strands. These can be from any of the four strands:

  • Living things
  • Energy and forces
  • Materials
  • Environmental awareness and care

AND (choose from one or more of the following)

Step 2: ICT (Technology)

DPSM PLAQUE OF STEM EXCELLENCE

2 or more examples of the children using ICT

The following are some examples of ICT:

Step 3: Engineering

DPSM PLAQUE OF STEM EXCELLENCE

2 or more examples of the children investigating engineering in class or in the local area

The following are some examples of Engineering:

  • Check out the Engineers Week section on the DPSM website for ideas to use in your classroom
  • Design and make activity e.g. making models (exploring, planning, designing, making, evaluating). To search for sample activities like design a bridge, a boat, a rocket, a water pump, a catapult see www.primaryscience.ie/designandmake
  • Invite an engineer to the school to speak to the children about their work
  • Investigate engineering in your local area e.g. a bridge, a factory, a wind farm
  • Attend or host an Engineers’ Week event
  • See more resources on the STEPS/Engineers Ireland website http://steps.ie/teachers/primary.aspx

Step 4 Math

DPSM PLAQUE OF STEM EXCELLENCE

2 or more examples of the children using their maths skills as part of their science work

The following are some examples of Maths:

Step 5: Showcase

DPSM PLAQUE OF STEM EXCELLENCE

Choose one or more of the following:

  • Show evidence of the children presenting their science work to other classes in the school
  • Hold a science open day or evening to present your work for the school, parents or the wider community
  • Participate in a joint science event with another school where students showcase their work
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