Now going into its eighth year, the RDS Primary Science Fair is a non-competitive forum, showcasing STEM investigations (science, technology, engineering and maths) undertaken by primary school classes across Ireland. The investigations encourage children’s innate curiosity to explore the science behind the everyday. Open to Key Stage 2, and fourth, fifth and sixth classes, across the island of Ireland, the Fair will take place in Belfast’s, Waterfront for this first time this summer (June 8-9). The Fair will also feature an exciting science-themed educational entertainment programme specifically designed for primary school aged children and will feature a range of interactive shows, demonstrations and hands-on exhibits. Participating classes and their teachers (i.e. those showcasing their class project) have free admission to the Fair, where they will showcase their work and enjoy a day of science-themed workshops, shows and entertainment. See more here .
Here’s Denis’ class and a few from other classes off to the RDS in 2015 for the Primary Science fair.
RDS Primary Science Fair
Denis’ Fifth Class along with some students from other classes and Ailbhe showcased their science project titled ‘Can we make a 5 star concoction to clean our whiteboard completely’ on Saturday 14th January at the Primary Science Fair in the RDS .
“When we decided to enter the competition we made it a goal to solve an everyday problem in our lives. Something that really annoyed us about our classroom this year is how dirty our whiteboard is. We inherited a whiteboard full of old marks that rarely cleaned fully, and to quote the children “It was really annoying”. So we decided to try and make a cheap homemade alternative to manufactured whiteboard sprays. We tested a variety of homemade materials such as lemon juice, vinegar, nail polish remover, baby oil, sparkling water, soap and hand sanitizer. We put each material to the same fair test so that all results were fair. We then ranked each of these cleaners by giving them a star rating up to 5. We then decided to try and mix and matched our materials to make the perfect concoction. Through various trials and tests we decided that the perfect homemade whiteboard spray would consist of baking soda, nail polish remover, soap and sparkling water.” Denis
We displayed our project and presented it to lots of people including some judges who were very interested in it. We had a fun day at the fair in the RDS and we got to see lots of other projects along with exhibitions from universities and companies. We even went to see some shows.
It was a great day overall and we really enjoyed the experience.