Discover Primary Science and Maths

DPSM Summer Courses

Each Summer, DPSM offers three popular DPSM/ESERO summer courses in a number of Discover Centres across Ireland. These courses are for primary teachers and are recognised by the Department of Education and Skills for EPV days.

Each course looks at teaching science and maths through the theme of space, a topic that excites and fascinates children and adults alike and we have received fantastic feedback from participating teachers in previous years. If you're interested in attending one of our summer courses, please see below. For further information, you can also subscribe to our newsletter for updates.

Using Space to Teach Science Through Inquiry (3rd-6th class)
4th - 8th July 2016

The European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO) Ireland, is offering places for teachers on a 5-day professional development course at five unique space related locations in Dublin, Cork, Birr Co. Offaly, Lough Gur Co. Limerick and Lismore Heritage Centre Co. Waterford from 4th to 8th of July 2016. The course, "Using Space to Teach Science Through Inquiry", explores teaching approaches that develop numeracy skills in an integrated way across the curriculum, specifically through Science and Geography, with an emphasis on the theme of Space. The focus will be on inquiry based learning and how to use the "DPSM/ESERO Framework of Inquiry"

For more information and details of registration, please check out the Esero website here.

Junior Rocket Scientists: Space Science as a Cross-Curricular Theme
4th - 8th July 2016

The European Space Education Office (ESERO) Ireland, is offering places for teachers of infant and junior classes on a 5-day professional development course at CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory, a unique space-related location in Cork from 4th – 8th July.

The course, "Junior Rocket Scientists!", explores space-related activities and teaching approaches that develop scientific and numeracy skills in an integrated way across the curriculum, particularly through Science and Geography. The focus will be on inquiry based learning.

For more information and details of registration, click here.

Teaching Science Through Inquiry with DPSM/ESERO and SEAI
4th - 8th July 2016

DPSM/ESERO and SEAI are offering places for teachers on a 5-day professional development course in Galway and Airfield, Dundrum from 4th – 8th of July 2016.

The course explores teaching approaches which develop numeracy skills in an integrated way across the curriculum, specifically through Science and Geography with a focus on inquiry based learning. Space will be used as a theme for two of the five days.

The Sustainable Energy themed activities of the course will be based on the 'Exploring our Energy Programme', developed by St Patrick's College, Drumcondra on behalf of SEAI. The programme is designed to support children to develop their knowledge about energy, energy efficiency and conservation. Based on sound theory, the programme involves best practices, real life learning experiences and whole-school approaches to exploring how and why as a society, we need to develop new ways of looking at our energy resources.

Registration for the Galway course can be found here.

Registration for the Dublin course can be found here.