SSPC Back Yard Science Competition
Backyard Science was a national online primary school competition that ran over the course of 4 weeks. This competition was developed to address the lack of STEM education available during the COVID-19 pandemic, running throughout the month of June. The project was aimed at primary school pupils across Ireland with specific emphasis placed on Munster. The competition was developed to engage pupils in STEM activities that utilised easily accessible equipment that would be readily available in a household setting. The use of recyclable materials would be a key aspect of the challenges each week. Congratulations to all winners.
SSPC Education & Public Engagement programme
SSPC’s Education & Public Engagement programme is broad and varied, targeting pupils, teachers, parents, grandparents and the wider public. We place a particular focus on working with female pupils, those from a disadvantaged socio-economic background, and those living in geographical areas with little access to STEM research and activities.
Our team has featured on RTE’s Late Late Show more than 3 times with many appearances on news and radio to tell our story and passion in the area. We ran a #Sites4Science campaign that brought science to the city and a Backyard Science challenge for primary school students at home.
Some highlights of our vast programme are our Teachers Continuous Professional Development Programme, our Transition Year Work Experience Programme, the SSPC Structured PhD and our Innovation in Medicines Project.
A major output of our activities in the EPE space covers 10 peer-reviewed publications, 20+ articles in Chemistry in Action and Science teacher journals in >650 secondary schools across Ireland and Europe. During Science week, SSPC featured in a special issue of Newsflash, a science magazine educating >6,000 primary school pupils.