June 11, 2007
Primary school students discover the world of science

Investigating fuels of the future, experimenting with the pull of gravity, exploring static electricity and chemical reactions were some of the forty science experiments introduced to primary school students at a recent magical science show hosted by UCD Science on May 29.

Over 700 pupils from 23 primary schools visited the Belfield campus for this explosive, action-packed show which was brought to UCD by STEPS (Science Technology and Engineering Programme for Schools) to Engineering.

Photo of Students from Scoil Náisiúnta An Dea-Aoire in Churchtown  with Sue McGrath
Students from Scoil Náisiúnta An Dea-Aoire in Churchtown investigating the fuels of the future with Scientist Splooz at the Magic Show hosted by UCD

“This was our first experience of the magic show,” said Orlaith Veale, a primary school teacher from Scoil Náisiúnta An Dea-Aoire in Churchtown. “We found it to be extremely educational and thoroughly enjoyable.”

Throughout the show pupils, with the assistance of scientist Splooz, tested mystifying experiments of canon fire, optical illusions, coloured flames, musical bottles, disappearing water and alka seltzer explosions!

Aoife O’Mahony, STEPS executive said “It is great to see the enthusiasm young pupils have for science and engineering at an early age. It is crucial for us to encourage and support this interest to ensure that Ireland continues to have science and engineering graduates who will create our future.”

UCD Science and the Centre for Synthesis and Chemical Biology hosted an interactive pod at the recent Discovery Primary Science (DPS) awards of science excellence. Students from 84 Dublin schools received the awards at a special ceremony in Croke Park on June 5 and 6.

Photo of students from St Colmcille's national school Donaghmede at UCD Science stand at Croke Park on June 6

Students from St Colmcille’s National School Donaghmede examine the 170 million year old fossil from the UCD School of Geological Sciences

The awards were presented to schools in recognition of the knowledge gained through the DPS programme during the course of the school year. This programme was developed to help primary school children understand the extensive part that modern science plays in their everyday lives.

Students and their teachers queued at the UCD stand to examine a 170 million year old ammonite fossil and to discover the magic of magnetism. The students also took park in a molecular modelling challenge where they had a chance to understand the elements that make up some common molecules before learning about our senses and how germs spread.

Commenting at the awards, Peter Brabazon, Director of the Discover Science & Engineering programme, said "Dublin Primary School students have done their county proud. Their awards are testament to the increased quality of science education in primary schools in Dublin.”

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