The RDS Primary Science Fair is being held from 7-9 January in the RDS, Dublin 4. Applicants are accepted from primary school pupils in 4th, 5th and 6th class. For the first time, the event is being held in two locations, with the second in Limerick at Mary Immaculate College on January 15 and 16.
This year has seen a 10% increase in applications for the event with the fair being 60% oversubscribed. The fair aims to exhibit and encourage pupils’ love of science, technology, engineering and maths subjects (STEM). Teachers have indicated that participation in the fair has improved students literacy, oral language and numerical skills.
Pupils develop their own experiments with help from their teachers and have to explain their project to anyone who visits their stand. Research projects include such interesting topics as, “Does curly hair produce more static electricity?”, “What is causing the rapid decline of bees and how can Kinsale help combat this?”, “Invisibility: Scientific fact or hopeless hocus pocus?” and my favourite, “Which snacks make algae angry?”
Check out the remaining research projects at the RDS from this link http://www.rds.ie/media/RDSPrimaryScienceFair_SchoolsExhibitinginDublin20161.pdf .
Tickets for pupils arriving with visiting schools and general child admissions are €3, while adult tickets cost €8 each. A family ticket is available for two adults and two children for €15. You can find more information about the science fair here http://rds.ie/primarysciencefair.