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.

Discover Primary Science & Maths and The European Space Education Office (ESERO) Ireland, are offering places for teachers on two 5-day professional development courses in the week of July 3 – 7, 2017.

Course 1: Using Space to teach science through Inquiry. This course is suitable for teachers of 3rd to 6th class and is being offered at CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory. Bookings can be made through the Cork Education Centre from mid-April.

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Course 2: Junior Rocket Scientists: Space Science as a Cross-Curricular Theme will run at Lough Gur Visitor Centre from July 3-7, 2017. This course is suitable for teachers of Infants to 2nd class, bookings through the Limerick Education Centre will open soon. For queries on the content and methodology of the courses, please contact Frances McCarthy, Education & Outreach @ CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory on 021 432 6121

Both courses have the objective to assist participants to develop a cross-curricular approach to teaching Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) using Space as a theme. The courses have an emphasis on inquiry based learning and provide opportunities to apply skills and knowledge to real life situations. The main curriculum areas covered by the courses are SESE (Science, Geography) and Mathematics.

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Course 3: Discover Primary Science & Maths are in partnership with SEAI to offer primary school teachers a choice of three summer schools from 3rd to 7th July 2017. Attending the 5-day course give teachers an entitlement of extra personal vacation (EPV) days.

The venues for the courses are the new Rediscovery Centre in Ballymun in Dublin, Airfield House in Dundrum in Dublin, Merlin Woods primary school in Galway and Birr in Co Offaly. The objective of the course is help teachers when teaching Science through an inquiry approach using Discover Primary Science & Maths resources and SEAIs Exploring our Energy Programme. The course will have an emphasis on inquiry based learning and provide opportunities to apply skills and knowledge to real life situations. Booking for these courses will open after Easter. Contact Drumcondra Education Centre Blackrock Education Centre and Laois Education Centre for further information.

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