Thousands of pupils attend opening day of Primary Science Fair in Limerick

Maria Flannery

Reporter:

Maria Flannery

THE Limerick leg of the 2018 RDS Primary Science Fairs has officially kicked off this Thursday morning, and will see thousands of pupils taking up their posts at Mary Immaculate College for the next two days.

The Limerick event is the biggest one in the country this year - hosting more schools than Dublin or Belfast. Nationally, almost 7,500 primary school pupils will participate across the three cities, with more than 3,000 of those flocking to Mary Immaculate College for the project exhibition.

This week’s event, taking place from this Thursday to Saturday, January 20, also sees the greatest number of schools from Limerick city and county — 36 — taking part to date.

“It is vitally important that we invest in the foundations of our future economy,” said Pat Daly, Director of Economic Development at Limerick City and County Council.

“The knowledge economy is already very important for the Mid-West region, providing jobs and business opportunities. While we don’t know what the jobs of 2030 or 2040 will be, we do know that many of them will be built upon STEM skills and expertise. Because of this, it has been very encouraging to see the Limerick schools’ participation increase annually at the RDS Primary Science Fair,” added Mr Daly.

The RDS Primary Science Fair encourages primary school teachers to focus on developing students’ core scientific skills by investigating a question or problem by ‘working scientifically’.

The fair is open to the public; admission is €4 per child and €8 for each accompanying adult, with a family ticket for four for €18 – and discounted rates for school visits.