The Curious Minds Programme, formally Discover Primary Science and Maths Programme (DPSM) is part of Science Foundation Ireland’s 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.
DPSM originated in 2003 with the goal of introducing primary school students to science in a practical, hands-on, enjoyable and interactive way. Since 2010 the programme has been run in conjunction with the European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO) Ireland which uses space to inspire and engage young people in science and technology in the world around them.
In St. Patrick’s NS, we have taken part in the DPSM awards for the last number of years. We have been very lucky to receive our award each year. Pupils in all classes take part in various activities relating to science, technology, engineering and maths regularly over the course of the year. Each year, some classes attend Science Exhibitions in Mary Immaculate College during Science Week. Our 6th class have been lucky enough to take part in Robotics classes in the school with Learn I.T. in recent years and have really enjoyed the lessons.