Stimulating a lifetime interest in Stem with the ESB Science Blast

ESB Science Blast, a primary school science education programme run by the RDS, saw participation skyrocket in this its fourth year

Pupils at Church Street National School in Rathkeale, Co Limerick were among the 10,000 students that took part in ESB Science Blast in the RDS this year

Sparking interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) at primary level is crucial to getting more young people interested in Stem careers, according to Niamh De Loughry, deputy chief executive of the RDS.

“It’s not just about science, it’s about inspiring curiosity, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking in children. If you can do that at a primary school age, and have them see that science is all around them, it’s fundamental,” De Loughry told Connected.