Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald TD, this week announced the primary schools in Louth that have received a Science Foundation Ireland Discover Science and Maths Award.
The programme aims to increase interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) among primary school students and teachers.
The recipient schools from Louth are:
- St. Peter's National School
- Monksland National School
- Scoil Náisiúnta Muire Gan Smál
- Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál, Kilkerley N.S.
- Scoil Náisiúnta San Nioclás
- Scoil Mhuire na Trócaire
- St Peter's National School
- St Oliver's National School
- St Mary's Parish Primary School
- St Joseph's National School
- Scoil Náisiúnta Muire na nGael
- Scoil Náisiúnta Ard Mhuire
The awards recognise the achievements of children and teachers in the application of STEM in their classrooms.
To qualify, schools are required to keep a log of STEM activities that they have undertaken throughout the academic year and which involved the whole school.
Schools are awarded credit for visiting Discover Science Centres, carrying out their own experiments, using digital technology and maths, going on STEM-related field trips, hosting visits from scientists and engineers, and holding a science open day in the school.
Speaking about the announcement, Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald TD, said:
“I am delighted to congratulate these young Louth students and their teachers on this wonderful achievement.
"The Science Foundation Ireland Discover Science and Maths Awards guide and inspire the next generation of inventors, problem solvers and creative thinkers.
"I am confident these students will lead the way and continue to make us proud in the future.”