Discover Primary Science & Maths

Discover Primary Science and Maths (DPSM) is the national programme, run by Science Foundation Ireland, to foster interest in science, technology engineering and maths amongst children in primary schools. 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.

Davidstown PS is working towards a DPSM Plaque of Science Excellence. We have almost completed all the criteria necessary to be awarded the plaque of excellence! Look at our class work page to see what we have been up to. Read on to see what hard work goes into achieving the award.


1 hands-on investigation from each of the four curriculum strands (4 in total):

Step 2: ICT (Technology)


  • 2 or more examples of the children using Technology as part of their school work.Examples can include:
    • Record and analyse data collected e.g. a spreadsheet or graph
    • Develop a blog, website or video Use electronic components to build simple circuits
    • Use different materials e.g. wood, metals and plastics, for design and make projects
    • Take part in coding and computer science projects: National Scratch Competition, Hour of Code, EU Code Week
    • Explore robotics e.g. First Lego League
    • Engage pupils in the use of game-based learning such as Minecraft
    • Use microscopes during investigations
    • Participate in Tech Week in May 2019
    • Explore renewable energy technologies e.g. Use solar energy kits, build simple windmills

Step 3: Engineering

  • PLAQUE OF STEM2 or more examples of the children investigating engineering in class or in the local area.Examples can include:
    • Design and make activities e.g. making models (exploring, planning, designing, making, evaluating). For sample activities including design a bridge, a boat, a rocket, a water pump, a catapult, see the ’classroom activities’ section of
    • Investigate Engineering in your local area e.g. a bridge, a factory, a wind farm.
    • Investigate and develop an understanding of how everyday items e.g. bicycle gears work
    • Organise an event during Engineers Week 2019 or use the Engineers Week 2019 classroom pack

Step 4 Math


  • 2 or more examples of how the children have applied their maths knowledge and skills in practical waysExamples can include:
    • Use Maths skills and knowledge as part of Science, Technology, Engineering/design and make, or other activities such as baking or gardening e.g. ordering, measuring distances, capacity, weight, recording and analysing data. Using Maths operations; ratio, percentages, averages
    • Use Maths to record and analyse your science investigation results where appropriate
    • Take part in Maths Week 2018
    • Develop a Maths trail around your school, see for templates
    • Use Maths in practical ways to help explore and solve real world problems

Step 5: Showcase


Choose one or more of the following:

  • Show evidence of the children presenting their science work to other classes in the school
  • Hold a science open day or evening to present your work for the school, parents or the wider community
  • Participate in a joint science event with another school where students showcase their work


8th March 2023

5th class pupils had a great day today in South Dublin County Council Tallaght building a bridge for the K’Nex challenge as part of Engineers Week.
Pupils had great fun building many types of bridges!
Thanks to Mr. Kavanagh & Aoife for organising!


12th October  2023

𝐒𝖼𝗂𝖾𐓣𝖼𝖾, 𝐓𝖾𝖼ɦ𐓣ⱺᥣⱺ𝗀𝗒, 𝐄𐓣𝗀𝗂𐓣𝖾𝖾𝗋𝗂𐓣𝗀 α𐓣ᑯ 𝐌α𝗍ɦ𝖾ꭑα𝗍𝗂𝖼𝗌 (𝐒𝐓𝐄𝐌) α𝖼𝗍𝗂𝗏𝗂𝗍𝗂𝖾𝗌



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