Fresh from the inaugural Science Blast in 2019 when over 12,000 primary children North and South participated, ESB Science Blast is back for 2020 and aims to significantly increase participation among 8-12 year olds by hosting new and improved shows and workshops, that will engage your entire class with STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) interactively…
What is Science Blast?
Science is everywhere and ESB Science Blast encourages children to be curious and ask questions about any topic that interests them. An entire class are invited to investigate the science behind a straight-forward question and conduct simple experiments with items commonly found in schools or homes, before displaying their findings at one of the Science Blast Showcase events. Typical questions include: When you look in a spoon, why are you upside down? Why do our fingers go wrinkly in water? Does music affect how we feel? More ideas here…
How to get involved?
Firstly, think of a simple question with your class, something that they can investigate by predicting, measuring, counting or observing. Students will then investigate their question, using core STEM skills, and teachers can use the Science Blast Investigation Framework (PDF) to help structure class investigations.
Participating classes will then be invited to display their work and present their findings at one of the 2019 ESB Science Blast showcase events: Dublin (March 3rd – 5th), Limerick (May 20th – 22nd) and Belfast (June 3rd – 4th ).
To participate you’ll need to submit your class question by January 22nd to participate in the showcase event in Dublin with a second deadline of April 1st in place for the Limerick and Belfast showcase events.
The Science Blast programme is developed and delivered by the RDS. It is funded by the RDS, ESB, Naughton Foundation, Science Foundation Ireland, Irish American Partnership, Limerick City and County Council, Devenish Nutrition, Citi, Dublin City Council, Irish Aid, Kainos, Northern Trust and supported by Mary Immaculate College, ICC Belfast, Belfast City Council, CCEA, W5, C2K, AmmA Centre and Nerve Centre.