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Greenwave aims to teach children about STEM subjects

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Greenwave aims to teach children about STEM subjects

Greenwave aims to teach children about STEM subjects

Primary school children are being encouraged to take part in a citizen science project called Greenwave which is aimed at tracking the arrival of spring as it moves across the country.

Discover Science & Engineering launched the project today, which is also step one of the Discover Primary Science and Maths, Awards of Science & Maths Excellence.

Between the months of February and May, students are asked to log their sightings of six species — frog, swallow, horse-chestnut, primrose, hawthorn and ash, —in addition to measuring and recording wind speed, rainfall and temperature. The results are recorded on www.greenwave.ie in order to monitor and map the arrival of spring.

Last year 471 Irish primary schools took part in the Greenwave project, submitting 1,338 official records of common species and 745 weather observations. 

 “Educating children at an early age in the subjects of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) is vital if we are to progress and maintain sustainable growth of Ireland’s economy,” said Minister for Research and Innovation Sean Sherlock, TD at the launch.

“The Greenwave initiative creates an opportunity for children to engage with science in an interesting, fun and hands-on way, allowing us to teach our children to appreciate the significance of STEM subjects from a young age.”

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