Science Foundation Ireland
About Discover Primary Science and Maths
The Discover Primary Science and Maths Programme (DPSM) is part of Science Foundation Ireland’s Education and Public Engagement Programme, which aims to increase interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) among students, teachers and members of the public.
DPSM originated in 2003 with the goal of introducing primary school students to science in a practical, hands-on, enjoyable and interactive way. Since 2010 the programme has been run in conjunction with the European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO) Ireland which uses space to inspire and engage young people in science and technology in the world around them. Year after year teachers tell us that the DPSM award is a great way of involving everyone in science in the school.
The programme offers:
- CPD Workshops and Summer Courses for teachers
- A Framework for Inquiry Based Science Education and a Classroom Activity Teacher Planning Guide
- Classroom activities, resources and quarterly e-newsletters
- Science Foundation Ireland Discover Science and Maths Awards.
- A network of Discover Centres offering primary science and maths workshops and outreach programmes including, the Zoo, national parks, interpretive centres and marine education centres.
- DPSM introductory sessions with pre-service teachers in collaboration with the Colleges of EducationApply now for school-based DPSM/ESERO Continuous Professional Development for 2019/20
Apply now for school-based DPSM/ESERO Continuous Professional Development for 2019/20
As places are limited to 100 schools for 2019/20, please ensure that you have read all of the details below carefully and are able to fully commit to the CPD programme before registering your school here.
What do you need to do?
To avail of this free CPD we are inviting your school to commit to this development programme for the school year. Your commitment consists of the following:
- Host three 2-hour CPD workshops for the whole staff over the school year (typically one per term). We can arrange for the CPD workshops to take place immediately after school as part of your "Croke Park" hours.
- There must be a minimum of 10 teachers participating. This criterion can be met by partnering with another school(s).
- The school should commit to achieving the overall objectives of the programme above.
- The school must participate in the Science Foundation Ireland Discover Science & Maths Awards to see how they can apply the learning.
- Teachers should be prepared to apply what they are learning from each session and report back at subsequent CPD workshops.
- Teachers will be asked to provide feedback and may be asked to participate in focus groups as part of our ongoing evaluation process.
Your commitment is Important
Please do not register unless your school is in a position to have all the teaching staff attend the three workshops. It is important that your school can meet the commitments above including the requirement of a minimum of 10 attendees for each of the three x two-hour workshops. Smaller schools can partner with other schools to meet the minimum 10 attendee requirement. SNAs are welcome to attend at the discretion of the principal. Places will be allocated on first come first served basis based to those schools who can commit to the requirements.
What happens next?
Places will be allocated on first come first served basis based to those schools who can commit to the requirements.
We will contact successful schools to arrange the date of the first workshop date and we will assign one of our trained DPSM facilitators to your school. Dates for workshops 2 and 3 can be arranged directly with your assigned facilitator.
Resources and Support available at the CPD Sessions
- Hands-on school-based workshops (3 x 2 hours which are done as part of your planning day or your Croke Park hours).
- Professional development and support for effective and engaging Science teaching. Dedicated websites, such as this one and www.esero.ie, providing access to hundreds of science activities and classroom ideas.
- Explanations of how these activities link to the curriculum and skills.
- Access to a network of Discover Centres offering approved Science and Maths tours to schools.
Register for an SFI Discover Science and Maths Award
From the 25th of September 2019 until the 20th of March 2020 you can register your school’s intention to apply for an SFI Discover Science & Maths Award. This is to give us an indication of how many schools will be participating in the 2019/2020 academic year. More details of registration will be available here on this webpage over the coming weeks.