Over 500 projects showcased during four days at ESB Science Blast in Dublin

Thousands of primary school children from all over Ireland will take part in the RDS Foundation’s flagship Science and Technology programme, ESB Science Blast, in Dublin this week. Running from 4th to 7th March, over 500 projects will investigate the science behind a simple question, with strong themes emerging this year around climate change, biodiversity and the impact of fast fashion on the planet.

Taking place at RDS Simmonscourt over four days, ESB Science Blast includes a lá speisialta do Ghaelscoileanna agus do scoileanna Ghaeltachta on 7ú Márta.

Following the Dublin dates, ESB Science Blast will also take place in Limerick from 21st – 23rd May and in Belfast on 4th June 2024, with a closing date of 15th March for Limerick and 15th April for the Belfast event.

Last month RDS research revealed overwhelming support from primary school teachers for ESB Science Blast, with over 98% who participated in 2023 saying it ‘increased student’s confidence and knowledge in STEM’, while 96% felt that taking part ‘enhanced the science and maths curriculum in the classroom.’

Niamh De Loughry, Deputy Chief Executive of the RDS Foundation, warmly welcomed the research findings.

“It’s wonderful to see this endorsement for our key Science and Technology Programme from those most closely involved in it – primary school teachers across the country. In developing ESB Science Blast we wanted an event that would be informative, inclusive and, above all, a really fun and engaging learning experience and these results show that it’s delivering where it matters most – in the classroom.

“I’m delighted that we’ll welcome an even split of repeat attenders and ‘first timer’ primary schools to the RDS this week, with over a quarter of all Gaelscoileanna taking part in the dedicated day for Irish speaking schools on Thursday.”

Paddy Hayes, Chief Executive of ESB, added:

“Every year ESB Science Blast brings STEM learning to schools in communities across Ireland and ESB is proud to work with the RDS on this unique initiative. Through the programme, children of all backgrounds and abilities are developing life skills that will help them to become innovative and creative problem solvers, as well as active, informed and engaged citizens. I look forward to seeing the energy, the excitement, and the celebration of curiosity at ESB Science Blast 2024.”

Olive Walsh, Principal of Glasnevin Primary School, said:

“This will be my sixth time taking part in ESB Science Blast and every year it brings a fantastic level of fun and excitement into the classroom. Because the whole class is involved it encourages real teamwork and collaboration and the children take huge pride in their research and in showcasing their findings. But, above all, it really makes them see how relevant science is to their everyday lives.”

One of the largest science education programmes of its kind, ESB Science Blast is a free and hands-on way to engage young learners with STEM, specifically designed for primary school and funded by the RDS Foundation through its Science and Technology Programme. It involves the whole class investigating the science behind a simple question and then showcasing their work at one of three annual events in Dublin, Limerick and Belfast.

For more information, visit www.esbscienceblast.com.