Discovery Primary Science

The Discover Primary Science and Maths Programme (DPSM) is part of Science Foundation Ireland Education and Public Engagement Programme, which aims to increase interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) among students, teachers and members of the public

STEP 3: Engineering.


Senior Infants have been learning all about bridges. We looked at pictures of some well known bridges and noticed their features.

  • The Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Sydney Harbour Bridge.
  • Thomand Bridge.
  • Boal’s Bridge Limerick.

Next, we made some bridges using paper and books. We discovered that you can make a bridge stronger by putting an arch under it. We can also make a bridge stronger by pushing the beams closer together.

We designed our own bridges.

We went for a walk and we found two bridges. We noticed their features. One bridge has an arch. We drew a picture of this bridge. We walked under another bridge. This bridge had big beams of concrete under it to support it.

Rocket Launch.

Put an alka-seltzer into a film canister. Add vinegar. Turn it upside down. Stand back and wait for it to launch.

Rocket Launch.

What we learnt: The alka-seltzer dissolved in the canister. The gas (carbon dioxide) in the canister has no where to go. When too much gas builds up it launches into the air.

Aeronautical Engineering.

We designed paper planes based on the wings of a flying bird. Our plane had to fly at least two meters and we measured whose plane flew the furthest.

STEP 4: Maths.

Early Mathematical Activities.

Junior and Senior Infant maths is taught through the Ready Set Go and Mata sa Rang programs. The children develop and consolidate their understanding of number through activities and interactive games.

1st class: Shape & Space.

1st class boys explored shape and space in their school environment. They went on a 2D shapes treasure hunt. They found some regular 2D shapes and were even surprised to find some irregular shapes.

Maths Trails.

2nd, 3rd & 4th class boys took part in maths trails during maths week.

  • They counted the cars in the car park and grouped them on a bar chart according to color
  • They estimated and counted the vertical and horizontal bars on the school gate.
  • They counted the square and rectangular windows on the school building.
  • They listed the odd and even numbers on the school clock.
  • They measured a bench using hand spans.
  • They estimated and checked how many children can sit on a bench.
  • They estimated and measured the length and width of the school hall using a meter stick.
  • They found examples of 2D shapes around the school.

Maths Week 2018/2019.

The St. Patrick boys were very busy during maths week 2018/19. Mrs. O’Sullivan ran coloring competitions for the junior classes and daily brainteasers for the senior classes.

  • Junior & senior infants played maths games daily.
  • 1st class took part in a maths treasure hunt.
  • 2nd, 3rd & 4th classes took part in maths trails.
  • 5th & 6th class boys took part in chess competitions.


Senior Infants enjoyed making pictures using tangrams.

STEP 5: STEM Showcase.

6th class demonstrated a variety of experiments to the rest of the school during science week.

  • Magnetic Car Race.
  • Static Electricity & Wiggly Worms.
  • Mirror Writing.
  • Oobleck.
  • Reaction Time.
  • Balloon Time.
  • Floating Eggs.
  • Fizz Inflater.
  • Finding Finger Prints.

Step 5: Robotics.

The people from Learnit gave us all a laptop and a big box of Lego and motors. We followed the instructions to build a robot. Next, we made a code on the laptop. We plugged a USB into the robot to transfer the code from the laptop to the robot. We completed a load of challenges throughout the day. One of the challenges was to make the robot go through a track. When you go through the track you get a color sensor (e.g red). Then you make the robot do anything when it sees red e.g. stop.