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Cork East Fine Gael TD and Minister of State at the Department of Justice, David Stanton, has welcomed confirmation that 20 local primary schools have won Science Foundation Ireland Discover Science and Maths Awards.

“I was delighted to learn that so many primary schools in the constituency received awards, recognising their achievements in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) over the 2017/18 school year” said Minister Stanton.

18 primary schools have been awarded a plaque of STEM Excellence for deeper engagement, whole school involvement and external science engagement, including:

Scoil Chlíodhna Community National School – Carrigtwohill
Whitegate National School – Whitegate, Midleton
Scoil Náisiúnta Dhrom Athain – Mallow
Ballygiblin National School – Mitchelstown
Midleton CBS Primary School – Midleton
Kilmagner National School – Fermoy
Scoil Aonghusa Community N.S. – Carrigoon, Mallow
Scoil Mhuire Ballyhooly – Ballyhooley
Bishop O’Brien National School – Bartlemy, Fermoy
Scoil Mhuire na Trócaire – Castle Orchard, Buttevant
Curraghagalla National School – Kilworth
Bishop Murphy Memorial School – Fermoy
Scoil Chlochair Mhuire – Carrigtwohill
Scartleigh National School – Saleen, Midleton
Scoil Bhríde – Rathcormac
Scoil Mháirtín – Kilworth
Holy Family National School – Shanagarry, Garryvoe, Castlemartyr
Baltydaniel National School – Newtwopothouse, Mallow

A further 2 primary schools have been awarded a certificate of STEM work:

Inch National School – Killeagh
Scoil Iosagain Infant School – Mallow

“The awards provide students with the skills necessary to learn more about STEM and inspire them to become the next generation of business leaders, creative thinkers and problem solvers. To qualify for the awards, schools are required to keep a log of STEM activities that they have undertaken in the classroom throughout the academic year.

“Schools are awarded credit for visiting Discover Science Centres, carrying out their own experiments, going on STEM-related field trips, using digital technology and maths as part of their science work, hosting scientist and engineer speaker visits and holding a science open day in the school.

“The Government has set the ambition to make Ireland’s education and training service the best in Europe by 2026 and is investing more in education than ever before to help deliver on this ambition. The largest ever budget for education of over €10 billion has been allocated for 2018 while the capital budget has increased by 56% since 2012” confirmed Minister Stanton.