PETNS are participating in Science Week 2012.
On Thursday, November 15th all parents/guardians in Junior and Senior Infants are encouraged to come into school @8.30am for “Science For Fun.” There will be fun, simple experiment stations set up in the classroom. We need parents to help children complete the experiments! It should be great fun.
On Friday, November 16th, we are having a Science Day. Children in senior classes will come down to Junior Classes and assist them completing numerous fun and easy experiments. Children will predict what will happen and record results of the experiments! We should have lots of fun photos and reports to display after Friday!
About Science Week
The aim of Science Week is to promote the relevance of science, technology, engineering and maths in our everyday lives and to demonstrate their importance to the future development of Irish society and to the economy.
Science Week is a Discover Science & Engineering (DSE) project. DSE initiatives are managed by Science Foundation Ireland on behalf of the Office of Science, Technology and Innovation at the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.
Science Week 2012 Theme: Everyday Experimenting
This year we want to show everybody in Ireland that they are involved in science every day, carrying out scientific processes and experimenting, even when they are not aware of it.
This year’s theme, “Science Week 2012 – Everyday Experimenting” aims to demonstrate that you are a part of science. You are constantly experimenting. From tying your shoe lace, to attempting a new level on a game, trialling a new recipe and even embarking on a first date—these are everyday experiments.
While each of us carry out these daily experiments in our ordinary lives, Irish scientists are similarly carrying out experimental processes, making advancements in medicine, agriculture, social media and food science to name but a few. Our nation is full of innovators and creative problem-solvers who are putting Ireland on the world stage of science, technology, engineering and maths.
Such creative inventing and experimenting starts young too! In 2011, third year students from Waterford who entered the Discover Science & Engineering-Intel sponsored SciFest competition went on to win an award at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Pennsylvania, USA. Their project involved an experiment to try to turn plastic into a usable fuel source to be used by businesses developing and creating new technologies, medicines and products.
From the make-up we use, to the food that we eat, we make hundreds of choices each day in deciding how we will interact with the materials and people around us, shaping our own environment. Embrace and celebrate Science Week 2012 and experience everyday experiments for yourself!