DUBLIN, Ireland - Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), which is on a quest to enhance science education outside of the classroom, has announced a further expansion of its offerings across the country.
SFI, which boasts of a strong network of Discover Centres support schools, enhanced its network with the five new Discover centres launched across Ireland.
The newly launched Discover Centres have been launched under the organization's Primary Science & Maths (DPSM) programme and take the total number of such centres on its network to 59.
In its announcement, SGI said that its new centres include Arigna Mining Experience in Co. Roscommon, Bricks 4 Kidz Creativity Centre at Dublin City and Wexford Town, Laois Outdoor Education in Co. Laois, Cool Planet Experience in Powerscourt Centre, Co. Wicklow and The National Reptile Zoo in Co. Kilkenny.
SFI's network of Discover Centres aim to support schools to engage in science education outside of the classroom.
Making the announcement, Margie McCarthy, interim director of innovation & education, SFI said, “The SFI Discover Centres Network was established in 2005 and over the past thirteen years has expanded significantly."
She added, “Science Foundation Ireland is committed to extending the SFI Discover Primary Science and Maths programme beyond the classroom, which supports the National STEM Education Policy Statement. This network offers an ideal opportunity for teachers to bring STEM to life for students, in an informal setting."
The network offers workshops and other activities and are hosted by various amenities like the Dublin Zoo, Waterford Nature Park, Dingle Ocean World and Ailwee Caves.
McCarthy explained, “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 outlined in the SFI Strategic Plan – Agenda 2020.”