This week people young and old across Ireland took part in Science Week 2011 which is Ireland’s biggest annual promotion of science to the general public. This event, which runs from Sunday November 13th until Sunday November 20th seeks to promote the relevance of science, engineering and technology in our everyday lives and to demonstrate just how important it is to the future development of Irish society and the economy.
Throughout Science Week, events were scheduled to take place across the length and breadth of the country and Intel are again this year hosting the Mini Scientist competition which gives primary school students the chance to explore science through project based learning and exhibitions.
This year more than 3,000 students from across Ireland will take part in the initiative with many of the exhibitions taking place during Science Week.
The students taking part, each attending 4th, 5th or 6th class in primary school, first participate in an exhibition held within their own schools at which they develop both visual displays and accompanying project books based on a scientific area aligned with the national primary science curriculum.
Intel employees then volunteer as exhibition judges, visiting the participating schools and reviewing all of the work prepared by the students. Winning projects are selected at the more than 40 schools and those projects are invited to take part in a Grand Final event which is being hosted at the Intel Ireland campus in Leixlip on December 1st and 2nd.
The Mini Scientist program is a unique way to encourage investigative learning in young students and helps to foster a strong interest about science and technology in students before they take on the Junior Cert curriculum in secondary school. It is also a fantastic opportunity to build on a number of key 21st century sills such as critical thinking, problem solving and teamwork.
The grand final event will be attended by approximately 270 students displaying over 80 different projects in various scientific fields that align with the Primary Science Curriculum including Living Things, Energy and Forces and Materials.
Students from North Kildare Educate
Scoil na Mainstreach students
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