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Schools

Our programmes are designed to support and enhance the STEM and Arts capacity of our over- stretched primary schools and teachers. To date over 30 primary schools (including a number of Gaelscoileanna) in Cork, Dublin, Louth, Meath and Galway have participated in our programmes with great success!



“If we are to successfully produce the next generation of scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians in sufficient numbers, we are going to have to start in our primary schools.”
– John O’Halloran, Vice-President for Teaching & Learning, University College Cork



How your school can participate:

Contact us to register your interest in 4th/5th/6th class of your primary school participating in one of our programmes. There are a number of funding options:
1) Schools can pay for the programme themselves
2) Schools can help us find a company sponsor(s)

Gaelscoileanna:
Science-in-a-Box is available as Gaeilge, and can be delivered by Irish speaking science postgraduates! All our other programmes and website will soon also be available as Gaeilge.

Teachers Feedback

‘The STEAM programme has surpassed our expectations in terms of; the level of scientific content and insights which the pupils have gleaned; the collaborative nature of the programme which permeates throughout all aspects and interactions (tutor/teacher, tutor/class & organisation/school) and the professional detail and attention afforded to the organisation, timetabling, resources, school/organisation feedback meetings and other practical elements of the programme.  
STEAM has been a most impressive and beneficial learning experience at many levels for both pupils and staff.  It will serve the sixth class pupils well as they transition to secondary school in September and I have no doubt that it will add to their interest in science.  While at an early stage in its development, its impressive fledgling efforts bode well for the future of science in primary schools.’

Diarmuid Hennessy, Principal, Scoil Mhuire na nGrást, Belgooly, Co. Cork


‘Ba bhreá linn mar scoil bheith páirteach i Science in a Box as seo amach, ba taithí oideachasúil é a d'eirigh leis na daltaí neart a fhoghlaim taobh amuigh don gnáth curaclam.
De bharr gur dalta PHD a tháinig chugainn bhí na daltaí abalta réimse níos leithne a fhoghlaim.
D'éirigh an mhaith leis an comhmúineadh, thug na h-áiseanna neart eolais is léargas dóibh ó thaobh tuiscint a fháil ar coinceapanna eolaíochta. Chabhraigh na háiseanna go mór ó thaobh miniú a thabhairt do leanaí go neamhfhoirimiúil cad a bhí i gceist. Bhaineamar an taitneamh as seo as tá suíl againn go mbeimid páirteach as seo amach.’

Bríd Firtéar agus Cuán Ó Flatharta, Scoil Lorcáin, An Charraig Dhubh, Co. Bhaile Átha Cliath


Student feedback
“I think STEAM is a fantastic programme.”
“It’s really fun because we get to take part.”
“STEAM helps younger children learn more about science.”
“Is maith liom an bealach ina bhfuil daltaí ollscoile a muineadh”
“It might inspire you to be a scientist.”
“It’s very interesting and fun.”
“It helps us understand stuff and it is a fun way to learn science.”
“I like the questions that make us think.”
“I think it helps us understand science better and to see that science is involved in everyday life.”
“Is maith liom an treo go foghlaimíd rudaí nua”
“I like when we do games because it helps me take things in a bit easier.”
“My favourite part about learning through STEAM is the way that our teacher brings in props and everyday things to help us understand.”
“My favourite part is discovering new things that I didn’t know before.”
“Is maith liom go foghlmaíonn tú rud nua in gach rang”
“My favourite part about STEAM is how we actually get to work and experiment with things ourselves.”
“Is maith liom na gníomhaíochtaí agus na físeanna”
“I think our school is lucky to have a scientist teaching us and it’s really cool.”
“I think it is great having a scientist and class teacher teaching us science because we get to learn a lot more.”
“Bhí se níos éasca ná cheap agus bhí a lán craic againn leis Ivan agus Hannah”
“I think it (scientist & class teacher working co-teaching) is great because our teacher is helping us do stuff and she is learning new stuff as well.”
Some visual feedback from the students on their ‘most interesting’ activities

Companies

We provide excellent education, outreach & sponsorship opportunities for companies in STEM and non-STEM fields. We make it easy for you to engage with schools in your community, to enhance STEAM education for kids, and to help lay the foundation to create the next generation of highly qualified graduates.

“As we look to the future, improving the size and the composition of the STEM education pipeline … will unleash new innovations that will propel society forward.” – Rodney C Adkins, Senior Vice President, Systems & Technology Group, IBM.

Companies can get involved in one of 3 ways:

Foster a school(s) in your area:
Financially support a school in your area to take one of our programmes and STEAM Education will supply an outreach co-teacher (normally a field-relevant PhD) to the selected school(s), along with training and mentoring provision for delivery of all lessons and attendant tools and equipment.

Adopt a school(s) in your area:

This entails your company providing some financial contribution plus members of staff to become outreach co-teachers of the relevant programme(s). All training, mentoring, equipment and lesson content is provided through STEAM and the members of your staff are hand-held through the process.

Key Sponsorship

If you wish to become acknowledged Partners of the overall STEAM initiative and collaborate with us in further development of programme content, delivery, or other sponsorship opportunities please contact us!

Postgrads

We have, to date, provided opportunities for approximately 30 postgraduates from a wide variety of disciplines of science and engineering to gain valuable teaching and STEM communication experience, while using their expert knowledge and our resources and materials to inspire children in STEAM subjects. Contact us to register your interest in delivering our STEAM programmes in primary schools.

Science in a Box "has been a truly unique experience. Working with the teacher, to advance my own teaching skills has been amazing. But the best experience by far, has been seeing science through the eyes of a 12 year old. There is nothing like teaching a complex topic to a 12 year old to make sure you understand it backwards and forwards yourself - there is NOTHING they won't ask. I've been challenged more than I thought and I've loved it!"
Courtney Collins PhD Candidate, UCC



Here’s what some of the postgrads said about the Science in a Box Pilot Year

What have you gotten from the experience?
It's been great, teaching physics in this way with demonstrations and activities is loads of fun. Teaching children really makes you examine your own knowledge, the gaps in it and the assumptions you make when discussing physics with peers. How do you feel about working with the kids, inspiring them to engage in science?
How do you feel about working with the kids, inspiring them to engage in science?
Working with children is challenging but it's very rewarding when you see the enthusiasm some of them have for science. Even more so when over the weeks you see children become more engaged and begin to see science as something interesting not to be afraid of, or something just for the smart ones of the class. I'm delighted as well to have been the face of science, so that they could see a "real person" or someone relatable as a scientist and to dispel misconceptions they may have had.

What's the best thing you've found about it?
At the end of my last lesson the teacher asked how many would like to learn science in school and almost the whole class put their hand up, then she asked how many who beforehand didn't have any interest in science but now saw it as a subject they would pursue, half the class put their hands up. So the best thing for me was seeing how many people change their minds about science. Ivan Caffrey, PhD (Physics), TCD

What have you gotten from the experience?
It has been a truly unique experience. Working with the teacher, to advance my own teaching skills has been amazing. But the best experience by far, has been seeing science through the eyes of a 12 year old. There is nothing like teaching a complex topic to a 12 year old to make sure you understand it backwards and forwards yourself - there is NOTHING they won't ask. I've been challenged more than I thought and I've loved it!

How do you feel about working with the kids, inspiring them to engage in science(s)?
The simply answer is that it is a privilege. Actually, science with 6th class is one of my favourite parts of the week. The children's enthusiasm is inspiring.

What's the best thing you've found about it?

For me the best thing is the kids. It has been incredible to watch them learn over the year, to make connections between topics, gain confidence, face challenges, work together. It has been especially amazing for me to see the children that are a little less confident gain courage to ask questions & realise that science is for them too! I think the whole class now has the sense that science is for everyone, especially many of the girls that seemed to start the year thinking they wouldn't like it because 'it's for boys'. Now they know that isn't true, to be part of that is amazing.
Courtney Collins, PhD (Env. Science), UCC

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