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STEM awards for 21 Tipp schools

Sunday, 8th July, 2018 9:00am
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STEM awards for 21 Tipp schools

A helpful teacher showing school kids how to use the computer.

STEM awards for 21 Tipp schools

A helpful teacher showing school kids how to use the computer.

Twenty-one primary schools across Tipperary recently received awards recognising their achievements in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) over the 2017/18 school year.

Local winning schools include St Mary's Convent Primary School, Nenagh; Sacred Heart Primary School, Roscrea; Carrig National School, Rearcross NS, Lackamore NS, Redwood NS and Gaelscoil Aonach Urmhumhan.

Minister for Business, Enterprise, and Innovation Heather Humphreys, together with Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development John Halligan announced the recipients of the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Discover Science and Maths Award.

The programme aims to increase interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) among primary school students and teachers. To qualify for the awards, schools are required to keep a log of STEM activities that they have undertaken in the classroom throughout the academic year.

Schools are awarded credit for visiting Discover Science Centres, carrying out their own experiments, going on STEM-related field trips, using digital technology and maths as part of their science work, hosting scientist and engineer speaker visits and holding a science open day in the school.

Commenting on the awards, Minister Humphreys said: “I would like to congratulate all Tipperary students and their teachers on their fantastic achievements to date. The SFI Discover Science and Maths Awards provides students with the skills necessary to learn more about STEM and inspire them to become the next generation of business leaders, creative thinkers and problem solvers.”

Minister Halligan stated: “These awards are extremely important in providing opportunities to young people to explore their natural curiosity in the world around them. They also give young students an early introduction to STEM subjects and skills in a fun and engaging way.”

Margie McCarthy, Interim Director of Innovation and Education at Science Foundation Ireland, said: “Science Foundation Ireland is committed to making STEM accessible to all, breaking down the barriers and encouraging students to engage with science and maths in a fun and creative way. It is extremely encouraging to see so many primary schools from across Tipperary taking part and I commend all the teachers involved for their commitment to STEM.”

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