Summer Primary Teacher CPD

In July 2019, CIT’s Blackrock Castle Observatory is offering primary teachers a choice of two spacey-STEM course, each offered in two locations. All courses will run the first week of July and teachers who complete each 5-day course will be eligible for 3 EPV days.

Course 1: Junior Rocket Scientists: Space Science as a Cross-Curricular Theme is being offered again this year. Originally developed in 2014, this course is designed for teachers of Infants to 2nd class. The course includes cross curricular activities on space related themes (the Sun, the Moon, the Earth in Space, Aliens, Rockets …), with an emphasis on child centred inquiry-based learning.

Venue: CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory
Facilitator: Frances McCarthy
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or
Venue: Dunsink Observatory
Facilitator: Sarah Robertson
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Course 2: Engaging Space Across a STEM Year is a new course, offered for the first time this year (subject to approval). Designed for teachers of 3rd to 6th class, this course will help teachers to embrace the four national STEM weeks (Science, Maths, Engineers and Space Week) with teaching approaches that develop numeracy and literacy skills in an integrated way across the curriculum for senior classes. This course will use Space as the overarching theme to approach STEM weeks in an academic year.

Venue: CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory
Facilitator: Dr Niall Smith (4 days), Frances McCarthy (1 day)
Book here
or
Venue: Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre
Facilitator: Áine Flood
Book here.

These course are being offered with the support of Science Foundation Ireland and the ESERO Ireland office.

For queries on the content of these courses please contact frances.mccarthy@bco.ie

 

Event Information

Dates

  • Monday 1st - Friday 5th July, 2019 | 9.30am to 2pm
    Scala Retreat and Conference Center.
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  • Monday 1st - Friday 5th July, 2019 | 9.30am to 2pm
    The MakeSpace, Blackrock Castle, Blackrock, Co Cork.
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  • Monday 1st - Friday 5th July, 2019 | 9.30am to 2pm
    Birr Castle and Science Centre, Birr, Co. Offaly .
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  • Monday 1st - Friday 5th July, 2019 | 9.30am to 2pm
    Dunsink Observatory.
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  • EPV Days: Full attendance = 3 EPV days
  • Capacity: maximum 25 teachers
  • Cost: €50, includes all course materials and lunch each day