Primary schools called on to spring into Greenwave

Primary schools in Kilkenny are being encouraged to get involved with a citizen science project, which allows students to observe and track the arrival of spring as it moves across the country.

Primary schools in Kilkenny are being encouraged to get involved with a citizen science project, which allows students to observe and track the arrival of spring as it moves across the country.

‘Greenwave’ is also step one of the Discover Primary Science and Maths, Awards of Science and Maths Excellence. Last year, six Kilkenny schools took part in the Greenwave project.

Discover Science & Engineering, and Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Jobs & Innovation Sean Sherlock, are calling for all primary schools to get involved with Greenwave 2013.

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 1338 official records of common species and 745 weather observations.

Local schools that took part in Greenwave 2012 included Presentation NS Castlecomer, St Fiachra’s, St Brendan’s, Johnswell NS, Gaelscoil Osrai and St Beacon’s NS.

“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 Sherlock.

“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.”

By taking part in the Greenwave project, schools will have completed part of step one of the Discover Primary Science and Maths, Awards of Science and Maths Excellence.

Primary schools can now register their application for their Awards of Science and Maths Excellence on www.primaryscience.ie.