Young science stars from Roscommon light up ESB Science Blast Limerick

Pictured are pupils from St Paul’s BNS in Castlerea, Co Roscommon. Their project investigated the science behind the question, ‘What is the average speed cars drive on Church Road?’. Pic: Eamon Ward

Over 130 projects from 106 primary schools around the country, including two schools from Roscommon, were showcased at this year’s sixth annual ESB Science Blast in Limerick, the RDS Foundation’s flagship Science and Technology Programme.

A STEM-focused educational programme involving whole classes investigating the science behind simple questions, this year’s event took place for the first time at the University of Limerick, from May 21st to 23rd.

Pupils from Roscommon showcased an experiment and discussed their investigation with a STEM expert (Judge/Moltóir). Over 67,500 children have participated in ESB Science Blast to date, making it the largest primary school programme on the island of Ireland, and one of the largest programmes of its kind in Europe.

Strong themes emerging from schools at this year’s Limerick event centred on biodiversity, the impact of technology on physical and mental wellbeing, and questions focusing on sports and exercise.

Pictured with their teacher are pupils from Curraghboy NS in Athlone, Co Roscommon. Their project investigated the science behind the question ‘What are the causes and solutions to Global Warming?’. Pic: Eamon Ward

The two participating schools from Roscommon were St Paul’s BNS in Castlerea and Curraghboy NS in Athlone. Their projects featured the following questions: ‘What is the average speed cars drive on Church Road (50km zone on road where the school is located) and what can be done to increase safety?’ and ‘What are the causes and solutions to Global Warming?’.

ESB Science Blast is a free and hands-on way to engage young learners with STEM, specifically designed for primary school and funded by the RDS Foundation through its Science and Technology Programme.