Ericsson kick starts nationwide primary school science competition

8 Sep 2011

Telecoms technology firm Ericsson and development agency Atlantic Corridor have launched a science competition for primary schools across Ireland that is linked with the existing primary school curriculum.

Through class project work and learning, the competition aims to provide primary school students with an insight into the excitement of science and maths in today’s world. Classes can develop a project based on one of four categories – living things, materials, energy and forces or environmental awareness and care.

The project should demonstrate the everyday value of understanding science and maths.

“Given the wonderful experiences from the first competition, I’m very hopeful that this competition will give many young students a taste of the enjoyment and sense of achievement to be had in the world of science and engineering,” said Michael Gallagher, managing director of Ericsson in Ireland.

“I am also hopeful that many of them will want to pursue these interests in science and technology further with Ericsson some day in the future. A vibrant and sustainable knowledge economy will benefit all.”

Impacting science and technology education

Atlantic Corridor, through its international links, has developed a strong suite of programmes and initiatives to promote STEM – science, technology, engineering and maths education.

“The competition is a wonderful opportunity for primary schools and we are pleased to be running this event in association with our 2012 STEM Conference and a number of other initiatives over the coming months, with which we plan to make a positive and meaningful impact in science and technology education,” Jackie Gorman, CEO of Atlantic Corridor, explained.

“It is wonderful to be working again with Ericsson, who have played such a key role in developing the knowledge economy in Ireland. We share a common objective in our work, which is to generate greater interest in STEM subjects and skills, which are vital for Ireland in seeking to compete internationally for investment, growth and innovation,” Gorman said.

The closing date for registration of interest is 23 December 2011 and six regional finals will be held across Ireland in February 2012, with the national final in Athlone in March 2012.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years