STEM is an approach to learning and development that integrates the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

In Carlanstown NS we value the importance of the range of skills which the children develop through STEM; creativity, curiosity, inquisitiveness, critical-thinking, problem solving & teamwork.

Each year we participate in the Discover Primary Science and Maths Programme.  This 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.

In Carlanstown NS, we have been successful in achieving a DPSM award each year for the last three successive years for our whole school work in science, technology, engineering and maths.

Every class from Junior Infants through to Sixth Class has been involved in this programme and there are many steps that we complete as a whole school to achieve this award such as celebrating and organising activities during Maths Week, Science Week, Engineers Week and Tech Week.

This year we are currently working towards achieving our fourth award, a Plaque of STEM.  Watch this space for updates on our STEM projects!

Latest STEM News

Our Little Stars Engineers

We’ve been learning about engineers, some tools they use and what they design. And we tried to build a few things ourselves 🛠️

Engineers Week 2024 🛠

During STEPS Engineers Week, 2nd - 6th class completed their very own engineering and robotics kits. 2nd & 3rd A had great fun making 'Minion Robots', 3rd B & 4th created 'Fan Powered Cars' and 5th & 6th were challenged to build 'Remote Control Cars'....

Our Junior Engineers

Our Infant classes explore the problem of designing and making a bridge for the Billy Goat's Gruff to cross. They explored different materials and tested them to see if they would work, making changes if needed and were delighted when they worked!

Future Scientists 👩‍🔬👨‍🔬

1st Class were very busy during Science Week, carrying out a different activity every day. We watched the SFI Science Shows, and carried out volcano in a cup, walking water, dancing raisins, lemon volcano and lava lamp experiments. They were delighted to get to keep...

Science Fun

3rd & 4th Class enjoyed Science Week exploring their tastebuds with skittles and thanks to our student council a favourite experiment for everyone; Coke & Mentos!

Science Week Fun

2nd and 3rd class were busy scientists last week. We made musical instruments at home and brought them in to demonstrate. 3rd class pupil Louise Dunne brought in a microscope which was a huge hit with the class and some other fun experiments too. Science Week was so...

Science Extravaganza 🔬🧪

5th and 6th Class were busy all during science week stepping into their role as scientists and investigators. They covered a range of scientific concepts through exploring the science behind oobleck, balloon rockets, kaleidoscopes, microscopes and the famous Coke...

Our Mathematicians: Maths Week Fun

There was lots of fun across the school as all classes became Mathematicians and engaged with a range of different activities during Maths Week. Some of these activities includined tangrams, maths trails, 3D shape nets, Shapenstein Shape Monsters, maths games, maths...

Space Week 🌌🚀

To celebrate space week, we had great fun exploring the solar system and discovering all the planets and moons. We also learned about the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong.

Going for Gold! 🏆

We were delighted to celebrate winning the Curious Minds Gold STEM award for the third year in a row before our summer holidays! First Class took great joy in seeing photos of some of their STEM activities shown during the Curious Minds Award Show!

Science Fair 2023🧲🔬

First Class, with their Fifth Class mentors, hosted a Science Fair for Junior Infants. Using Science Stations they explored Floating & Sinking, Magnetism & Static Electricity. They had so much fun as they engaged in the experiments and made their conclusions....