Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 04/02/2013. Tags: Primary School News
Discover Science & Engineering is calling for all primary schools across Ireland to get involved with Greenwave 2013. Greenwave is a citizen science project which sees primary students observe and track the arrival of spring as it moves across the country, Greenwave also step one of the Discover Primary Science and Maths, Awards of Science & Maths Excellence.
Between the months of February and May, students are asked to log their sightings of six species; frog, swallow, horse-chestnut, primrose, hawthorn and ash, in addition to measuring and recording wind speed, rainfall and temperature. The results are recorded on www.greenwave.ie
in order to monitor and map the arrival of spring.
Last year 471 Irish primary schools took part in the Greenwave project, submitting 1338 official records of common species and 745 weather observations.
Speaking at the launch of Greenwave 2013, Minister for Research and Innovation Sean Sherlock, T.D., said: “Educating children at an early age in the subjects of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) is vital if we are to progress and maintain sustainable growth of Ireland’s economy. The Greenwave initiative creates an opportunity for children to engage with science in an interesting, fun and hands-on way, allowing us to teach our children to appreciate the significance of STEM subjects from a young age.”
By taking part in the Greenwave project, schools will have completed part of Step one of the Discover Primary Science and Maths, Awards of Science & Maths Excellence. Primary schools can now register their application for their Awards of Science & Maths Excellence on www.primaryscience.ie