Irish delegation to participate in Science on Stage Festival 2024

1st June 2024

The 13th European Science on Stage festival will take place from 12-15 August 2024 in Turku, Finland. Come to find out what the Finnish education system is all about. Turku, the southwestern pearl of Finland, is known for its beautiful archipelago and medieval history. 

At the Science on Stage festival, 450 primary and secondary school teachers from all over Europe share their most creative STEM ideas at stands, in workshops, and in highlight sessions. Participants will be chosen through competitive national events in over 30 countries. The theme of the festival is Sustainability in STEM Education.  More information on the 2024 festival can be found here.

Irish Delegation 2024

  • Alan Casey, Colaiste an Chroi Naofa Cork, “From Static to Light – Let’s illuminate the charge”.
  • Denis McCarthy, Hazelwood College Limerick, “Building STEM Connections: Play well, Inquire well”.
  • Tracey Mason, St Mary’s CBS Carlow, ” The power of lichens and moss”.
  • Veronica Ward, Dublin 7 Educate Together, ” How does your garden grow? With green practices and sustainability!”
  • Jane Shimizu, Scoil Chaitríona Junior, Galway, “Looking after our oceans”.
  • Máire Duffy, Clonkeen College, SonS National Steering Committee Ireland & Team Lead.
  • Paul Nugent, Santa Sabina, SonS National Steering Committee Ireland & SonS Board Member.
  • Declan Cathcart, Temple Carrig School, Wicklow, SonS National Steering Committee Ireland.
  • Sinead Kelly, St. Olivers Community College, Drogheda, SonS National Steering Committee Ireland.
  • Sean Kelleher, Coliaste Choilm Swords, Dublin, SonS National Steering Committee Ireland.

Guiding Themes

  • All projects presented in the festival represent inquiry-based learning approaches.
  • STEM for the Youngest: Projects to promote STEM in elementary school for kids, 10 years or younger
  • STEM Education for Sustainable Development: Projects that contribute to the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals
  • Digital Technologies in STEM Education: Projects on programming, digital education, ICT, Big Data, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, etc.
  • Diversity in STEM Teaching: Projects that reflect the heterogeneity and diversity of our society, e.g. teaching methods that engage students with different learning levels or different cultural backgrounds.
  • STEAM in Education: Projects combining natural science with other disciplines, e.g. science, technology, engineering or mathematics with arts, music, sports, history, etc.
  • Low-Cost Experiments in STEM Education: Projects that are low-cost to implement.

Science on Stage Ireland

Science on Stage in Ireland is organised by CASTeL at Dublin City University and has received funding for its activities from the Institute of Physics in Ireland (2001-2019) and Science Foundation Ireland (2015-2019).

Further information on Science on Stage in Ireland can be found at: or please contact Dr. Eilish McLoughlin, Chair National Steering Committee Science on Stage Ireland,  E: