From the classroom to the streets: How primary school science will inspire the 2012 St. Patrick’s Festival Parade
St. Patrick’s Festival is calling on teachers and primary school pupils throughout Ireland to get involved and contribute to the national Festival parade on Saturday, March 17th. The ‘how, what and why’ of science is playing a central role in this year’s Festival Parade - primary school children will explore a selection of science questions, such as ‘How is a rainbow formed?’, ‘What makes the weather change?, Why do we dream?’ and present their imaginative and creative answers in a variety of formats, from video to stories.
A selection of work will be showcased on the St. Patrick’s Day parade live coverage, viewed by over 395,000 people. A selection of the work from around the country will also be collated and presented on the Festival website which receives over one million hits during festival season. Students will see selected pieces of their work displayed on a colourful, downloadable document by the Festival and Dublin City of Science, to accompany this year’s parade.
The classes can prepare a poster, draw a picture, make a video or write a small piece about their thoughts. Teacher’s can download the Science Engagement Document from www.stpatricksfestival.ie and send the pupil’s work to the Festival office no later than February 27th 2012.
This is a fantastic opportunity to engage children with science and with the national holiday of Ireland in a fun, imaginative and educational way. St. Patrick’s Festival will take place in 2012 from 16th – 19th March. See www.stpatricksfestival.ie.