Arigna Mining Experience.
Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development, John Halligan T.D., has announced five new Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Discover Centres under the Discover Primary Science and Maths (DPSM) programme including Arigna Mining Experience in Co. Roscommon.
The five new centres will bring the total number in Ireland to fifty-nine. The network of SFI Discover Centres support schools to engage in science education outside of the classroom by offering workshops and activities accredited by the SFI DPSM programme. The programme aims to introduce primary school students to science in a practical, hands-on, enjoyable and interactive way. SFI Discover Centres are hosted by various amenities across Ireland and include Dublin Zoo, Waterford Nature Park, Dingle Ocean World and Ailwee Caves to name a few.
As part of the programme, Arigna Mining Experience will explore ways in which people use the earth’s resources and the themes of energy past, present and future.
Speaking at the launch, Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development, John Halligan T.D., said: “Science Foundation Ireland's Discover Centres will play an important role in fostering innovation and motivating our young people to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and maths. These Discover Centres are of critical importance as we need to inspire the next generation of inventors, problem solvers and creative thinkers. Encouraging school children to interact with and explore STEM in new ways will help us achieve this, and I wish each new centre the best of luck.” Margie McCarthy, Interim Director of Innovation and Education at Science Foundation Ireland, said: “ This network offers an ideal opportunity for teachers to bring STEM to life for students, in an informal setting. Engaging students in STEM outside the classroom in a practical and interactive way is central to Science Foundations Ireland's Education and Public Engagement programme.”
To promote the network of Discover Centres and to highlight the opportunities for schools to participate in STEM education, Science Foundation Ireland have launched the new Discover Centres brochure which is available online here: http://www.sfi.ie/engagement/discover-primary-science-and-maths/discover-centres/. The brochure provides an overview of all fifty-nine centres, the DPSM programme and awards.