Students from a Galway City primary school are to present research on the adverse effects on young people of carrying heavy schoolbags at the at the RDS Primary Science Fair this Thursday, 10 January.
Students from Scoil Rois, Taylor’s Hill will be among those representing 120 primary schools from across Ireland at the event, when they will display their class projects.
The RDS Primary Science Fair takes place alongside the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition and provides an opportunity for approximately 3,000 primary and secondary school students to showcase their class STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) projects, receive feedback from experts in the field and learn from viewing other projects at a major exhibition.
Scoil Rois sixth class students and their teacher Ms Corcoran have completed a study of schoolbags in order to identify whether children in the school are carrying more than a safe weight to school each day. They also researched the adverse effects on young people of carrying heavy loads and investigated ways to lighten the weight of schoolbags.
School principal Michele McCarra said this is an ideal opportunity for the students and Scoil Rois to get actively involved in the development of maths and science at an early and important age, which will serve them well at secondary school and third level.