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ESB Science Blast returns for fourth Belfast event in 2020

ESB Science Blast, one of the biggest science events on the island of Ireland, is returning to ICC Belfast (Waterfront Hall) on June 3 and 4, 2020. The event will bring Key Stage 2 pupils together from all over Northern Ireland to display their creative science investigations at a two-day extravaganza.

Managed and delivered by the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) and endorsed by CCEA (Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment), this non-competitive education programme calls on primary school students from across the Province to harness their natural curiosity and register their involvement by 1 April 2020.

Nurturing essential 21stcentury skills highlighted by the World Economic Forumsuch as critical thinking, problem-solving and creativity – ESB Science Blast will make developing these skills fun for both students and teachers, and the events will feature amazing science entertainment shows, tailor-made for a 7-12-year-old audience.

ESB Science Blast,Open to all Key Stage 2 primary school classes, the objective is to encourage as many students as possible to think critically about the world around them and work together as a class, using scientific methods of discovery such as predicting, observing, measuring, etc., to investigate the puzzling, quirky or simply unknown… with typical investigations including: ‘Why do fish not get squashed at the bottom of the ocean?’’, ‘Does the colour of food affect our perception of its taste?’ and ‘What music genre increases concentration the most?’.

All schools are then asked to bring their research to life by showcasing their findings, away from the classroom, to their peers along with judges who work across science, education and STEM industries.

This is a FREE event and every participating school will receive £75 towards travel costs. Register now at www.esbscienceblast.com.

Chief Executive of the RDS, Michael Duffy, said: “The Royal Dublin Society is delighted to deliver this amazing learning opportunity for primary schools in Northern Ireland for a fourth year. Evidence shows that a positive experience with science and maths at an early age can have a really profound effect and we hope that some of the participants this year will go on to help shape Northern Ireland’s future knowledge economy. All those that get involved will gain new STEM skills, but they will also benefit through improved oral and literacy skills. We have also found that hosting the event in June is really suitable for P7 classes, who have their exams behind them and can really enjoy the experience of investigating the world around them through science and maths”

Teachers can use the ESB Science Blast Investigation Framework to help structure class investigations.  This Framework aligns with the objectives of the primary curriculum and supports delivery of World Around Usrequirements.

Pat O’Doherty, Chief Executive of ESB, said:“With our Generation Tomorrow partners, ESB is supporting and encouraging young people to embrace and enjoy the learnings and opportunities from the world of STEAM. Events such as ESB Science Blast provide the perfect platform for today’s generation of creators and innovators to showcase their ideas and solutions, while at the same time nurturing critical thinking and collaboration. We encourage all interested young people and groups to participate and look forward to seeing all their great projects at the Belfast event.”

Up to 15,000 primary school students and their STEM projects will be involved across three ESB Science Blastshowcase events in 2020 in Belfast, Dublin and Limerick.  With an underlying ethos of encouragement through whole-class participation, the constructive feedback received from judges who work across science, education and STEM industries will also give students the opportunity to engage with STEM professionals.

Schools can also keep in touch with the event via Instagram, Twitter & Facebook. NOary Science Teaching Trust, W5.