What Is ESB Science Blast?
ESB Science Blast, delivered by the RDS, is a non-competitive programme for primary school classes from 3rd – 6th (ROI) and Key Stage 2 (NI) that invites children to investigate the science behind a simple question that interests and excites them, like:
- Why do foods with a high sugar content appeal to children more than healthy foods?
- How is the Irish love of take-away tea and coffee negatively impacting on our environment?
- Conas gur féidir leat carr Lego a chruthú agus a thógáil d'ubh a bheadh go tapa agus sabháilte?
- Why do Skyscrapers not fall down or sway in the wind?
The goal is to ignite children’s innate curiosity about the world around them, and promote curiosity, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking in children at primary school age to enable them to better respond to the challenges of the future.
Participating schools exhibit their work at showcase events in Dublin, Limerick and Belfast, where they receive feedback from the team of expert judges and participate in science themed workshops and shows.
The inaugural 2019 ESB Science Blast saw 496 projects submitted from schools from across Munster, Connacht, Leinster and Ulster. All participating schools got the opportunity to showcase their projects and take part in exciting science-based workshops.
More than 12,000 children from 500 schools around the country participated in the Dublin ESB Science Blast 2020 event in the RDS, with a dedicated day for Gaelscoileanna for the first time.
Why Is ESB Involved?
ESB is leading the transition to a low carbon future powered by clean electricity.
That future will depend on having creative and innovative problem solvers.
We believe we have an important role to play in supporting young people to develop scientific literacy and critical thinking skills through programmes like ESB Science Blast that encourage curiosity and discovery, helping them not only to become creative and innovative problem solvers, but also active and engaged citizens, capable of making informed choices to tackle climate change and other global challenges.