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1500 pupils take part in ESB Science Blast

Bella Lozano and Victoria Millar of Forge Integrated Primary School

HUNDREDS of primary school pupils have been showcasing their `stem' investigations at one of Ireland's biggest science events.

ESB Science Blast hosted nearly 60 Key Stage 2 primary school classes who displayed findings to puzzling questions they had investigated.

Investigations included: Will the earth ever run out of Magma? How can a ship like Titanic float on water? What do plants eat? How do clouds make it rain?

The event is a non-competitive education programme managed and delivered by the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) and endorsed by the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment.

It has an underlying ethos of encouragement through whole-class participation.

In addition to showcasing their research the children enjoyed educational science shows where they learned about their natural environment and how to dispose of waste, the science behind food and even received a tour of the solar system.

Michael Duffy, Chief Executive of the RDS: "We know that participation in ESB Science Blast is a huge boost for students' ability and confidence in science and maths. But we have also found that there are many other benefits too in areas of teamwork, communication and creative thinking. This is our third year in Belfast but our first as ESB Science Blast and we have been delighted with all the work that the students have put into their investigations, with some great help from their teachers who are vital to the programme's overall success."

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