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?
Children work collaboratively with their class to investigate their chosen question, and present their findings at one of three showcase events in Dublin, Limerick or Belfast, where they receive feedback from expert judges and participate in science themed workshops and shows.
Over 15,000 children from over 500 schools across Ireland participated in ESB Science Blast 2020, which took place in the RDS from the 2nd - 5th March, including over 120 Gaeilscoileanna, that were part of La Specialta na Gaeilge, a showcase event delivered fully through the Irish language.
Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, the remaining ESB Science Blast showcase events in Limerick and Belfast, scheduled for May and June 2020 respectively, were cancelled.
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.
ESB Science Blast is a key initiative in ESB’s Generation Tomorrow ‘s STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math’s) programme. Through partnerships with organisations, like the RDS, our goal is to help equip young people with the skills they need to thrive in 21st century society, 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.
To find out more, visit www.esbscienceblast.com