Discover Primary Science and Maths

Discover Science Centres

About the Discover Centres Network

Discover Centre logoDPSM has a network of Discover Centres offering accredited workshops and outreach programmes for primary schools on a range of themes encompassing Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Space. The network of Centres supports schools in engaging in science education outside of the classroom in a curriculum relevant and inquiry based way and provides opportunities to meet scientists and engineers from a range of disciplines. Centres include the Zoo, national parks, interpretive centres, observatories, a fab lab and aquarium. Schools can gain credit towards their SFI Science and Maths Awards by visiting a Centre.

Interested in joining the Discover Centres network?

Expressions of interest from organisations interested in joining the SFI Discover Centres Network are usually invited in Spring each year. Details will be posted on this webpage. If you have any queries, please contact primaryscience@sfi.ie

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Why Join the Discover Centre Network?

Centres tell us that joining the Discover Centre Network brings a range of benefits and opportunities including:

  • Networking with over 50 other organisations involved in STEM education, visiting other centres and seeing their programmes in action.
  • Recognition as an accredited centre, with an SFI Discover Centre plaque to display.
  • Being part of a national initiative promoting STEM, receiving updates on SFI programmes and funding.
  • Meeting with SFI Research Centres to explore possible collaboration.
  • Support and advice in a range of areas including inquiry-based science education, programme evaluation and marketing.
  • Promotion, through the DPSM website and e-newsletter, which is sent to 6000+ primary schools.
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Select a marker from the map below to find out the details of the Centres in your locality.

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Please note: DPSM has accredited the specific workshops available for DPSM schools at these centres as being suitable for the DPSM programme. Science Foundation Ireland has no responsibility whatsoever for the centres other than the accreditation of the specific workshops. It is the responsibility of each school to satisfy itself that child protection, health and safety and other arrangements, including appropriate insurance covers, at a centre meet the school's policies.

Members of the SFI Discover Centres Network agree that they shall comply with all applicable child welfare law. To the extent any party provides a relevant service within the meaning of section 2 of the Children First Act 2015 (the “CFA”), that party shall comply with the requirements of the CFA. See http://www.tusla.ie/children-first for further information.