Ten local schools receive STEM awards

Ten local primary schools have this week been awarded Discover Science and Maths Awards as part of a Science Foundation Ireland programme aimed at increasing interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

The schools receiving the award in Roscommon are Scoil Náisiúnta Ard Cianain, Tarmon National School, Clooneyquinn National School, St. Cóman’s Wood Primary School, Ballintleva National School, Ballinagare National School, Rahara National School, Scoil Naisiunta Pol Naofa, St. Attracta’s National School, and Athleague National School.

Announcing the awards, Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris said: “I want to congratulate all the students and the teachers that have been successful in winning an SFI Discover Primary Science and Maths Award in Roscommon. The projects this year covered several important topics that will inevitably impact every one of us including climate change, plastics and technology.

“I know the last few years haven’t been easy for children but yet again, we have seen their imaginations remain alive and they are working together to help us solve the big challenges we all face. I really hope students and their teachers will keep engaging with programmes such as this one and developing science, technology and maths within the school. Because we need so many big ideas and bright people to help us navigate our way through the big problems we are all dealing with.”

Congratulating the schools, Dr. Ruth Freeman (Director of Science for Society at Science Foundation Ireland) said: “It is great to again get the opportunity to celebrate and reward so many primary school students in Roscommon, and their teachers, for their excellent contributions to the SFI Discover Primary Science and Maths programme. We are committed to breaking down barriers and finding ways to make learning both accessible and engaging”.

The virtual awards ceremony was attended by teachers and students from over 200 schools all over the country and included a live science show marking the close of this year’s programme.