We hope the academic year is continuing strong and everyone is enjoying the longer days. This edition of the Discovery Primary Science and Maths newsletter will highlight ways you can get involved in Tech Week through online events and educational resources! It is taking place next week from Saturday, April 17th to Friday, April 23rd. This newsletter also highlights some fantastic events being conducted by our partnered discover centres to celebrate Tech Week.
DPSM Awards 2020/2021
Tech Week is a great way to work towards your DPSM Award whether you are including one hands-on activity for the Certificate of STEM or two for the Plaque of STEM. It is not too late to register for this year’s Awards and you will have until the 30th of June to upload your application. For more information, head over to www.primaryscience.ie where you will find the updated 2020/2021 requirements in the sidebar.
Due to changes in the online system, we will no longer be retaining attachments relating to the Awards once reviews are complete. Please note: If you have any attachments for previous Awards stored on the SESAME system (pre-2020/2021) these will be deleted on the 20th of April. If you wish to retain these, please download them before this date. All attachments for the 2020/2021 Awards will be deleted two weeks following your notification of being awarded.
Tech Week is a nationwide festival of technology-driven events aimed at students, parents and the public. Tech Week features classroom & community activities, competitions, and many more.
The revolution of tech is on the rise. It moves so fast – faster than our imagination can keep up with. We have experienced interesting, disruptive innovations as each day passes and it won’t slow down.
This festival offers experiential engagement to students which will allow them to develop their interest in technology, advance creativity and innovation while also let them have a lot of fun!
Tech Week Activity Sheets
The Tech Week Activity Sheets have everything you need to get you and your students involved in Tech Week!
This includes ideas for fun classroom activities covering a wide range of ages and ability levels Evidence of these activities being carried out by your students can be used towards your DPSM Award.
What is a Computer Anyhow?
This lesson plan also provides you with information about how a computer works, how it takes in ‘inputs’, processes these and produces an ‘output’.
Access it here.
This lesson introduces some basic design elements and gives students an opportunity to think about what goes into the user interface of an app and to appreciate the apps they use every day.
Access it here.
This is a great around-the-world adventure game that is free to use and will help to teach students the basics of coding.
Access it here.
Internet of Things
The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical objects embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity, which enables these objects to collect and exchange data. IoT is built on cloud computing and networks of data-gathering sensors and they say it’s going to make everything in our lives from streetlights to toothbrushes “smart.”
Access it here.
Encourage students to take part in this fun activity adapted from Bebras Computing Challenge! Students will enhance their computational thinking skill by solving various engaging problems. To make it better, all participants will receive a certificate with their score at the end of the challenge.
Head over here to get more ideas on the challenge and don’t forget to participate!
Scratch is a fun and interesting way to introduce software development to students, where they can create stories, games and animations to be shared worldwide.
As students create with Scratch, they learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically.
Where to start?
Get free resources for primary aged students that consist of a digital pack containing 10 step-by-step, 45 minute lesson plans and resources for post-primary students, simply check out this link!
DPSM / ESERO CPD - Rockets & Space
The DPSM/ESERO CPD workshops continue to be rolled out in Education Centres across the country. Over the coming weeks, workshops will be available for individual teachers. This includes our new Workshop 2: Investigating Hot & Cold and Workshop 3: Journey into Space. All workshops focus on inquiry-based learning and are delivered by STEM professionals.
Take a trip into Space whilst using STEM all the way. This workshop looks at how to use a narrative to include multiple aspects of science, technology, engineering, and maths curricula during your lessons. This not only allows you to explore inquiry-based learning but also encourages you to teach in a way that enables students to show their strengths, innovation, and ingenuity.
Education Centre - Thurs. 29th April & Thurs. 6th May @ 16:00 - 17:00. Register here.
Cork Education Centre - Thurs. 27th April @ 16:00 - 17:00. Register here.
Galway Education Centre - Wed. 28th April & Wed. 5th May @ 16:00 - 17:00. Register here.
The April virtual CPD with Blackrock Castle Observatory will take place virtually on 28th April at 7 pm. This workshop helps you to explore the sizes and distances of objects in the solar system. More information here.
The May virtual CPD takes place on 26 May at 7 pm. In this workshop, Frances will show you how to design and make robotic arms like those used on the International Space Station (ISS). The workshop is suitable for
teachers of 3rd to 6th classes. More information here.
ESA’s Summer Workshops
ESA’s Summer Workshops for teachers are going online this year. That means more places for teachers from all over Europe to meet and collaborate virtually. The conference takes place over 3 days from 6- 8 July.
Explore Space with the ESA Education team and discover inspiring ways to use space as a context to teach STEM in your physical and virtual classrooms. Applications open until 15 June or until the capacity of the online venue is reached. Apply now.
Would your class like to join the Blackrock Castle Observatory team for the ESERO primary workshops? Your students will use planetarium software to explore the skis, see the sunrise, the moon, and much more from the comfort of your own classroom. More information and registration here.
Jupiter Icy moons Explorer
JUICE or Jupiter Icy moons Explorer is an ESA mission that is planned for launch in 2022 and arrival at Jupiter in 2029 (yes it takes 7 years to get to Jupiter). It will spend 3 years making detailed observations of the giant gaseous planet Jupiter and three of its largest moons Ganymede, Callisto, and Europa. ESA Education has launched a Jupiter educational webpage here, where you can find out more about the mission and also some great related classroom resources as
well as a JUICE rocket-art competition which remains open on 1 June 2021.
Science Week is a Science Foundation Ireland initiative
Science Foundation Ireland, Three Park Place, Hatch Street Upper, Dublin 2 Ireland
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