Kerry STEM Project Journey

Welcome to our blog for the Schools’ Excellence Fund: STEM project. We are the Kerry STEM Cluster.

This project was lead by Presentation Secondary School Castleisland who strive to be STEM role models for primary school students in the locality. STEM subjects are Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

Presentation Secondary School Castleisland collaborated with three primary schools; Muire Gan Smál Primary, Scoil Íde and Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn to develop skills and positive attitudes in STEM subjects particularly amongst girls. The teachers planned collaboratively to create a range of exciting lessons and workshops for the students involved. Some of the activities of the project included participation in the Vex Robotics competition, VR (Virtual Reality) workshops, 3D printing workshops, attendance at the Young Scientist, Scifest and iWish exhibitions, visits to 3rd level institutions, virtual and face-to-face workshops.

The schools were selected to participate in this project as part of the Schools’ Excellence Fund STEM initiative which is run by the Department of Education. It was a four year project.

Click on the school pages above to find out about the exciting work which has taken place.


Student Voice and Participation Benefits

                                               Student voice Primary School

“I think I’d like to design buildings as a job, I think I would be very good at it” Tegan age 11.

“I’m going to be a scientist when I grow up, I’d like to figure out how to cure serious diseases” Éabha age 12


“When I grow up I’m going to design video games, I thought it would be a very hard thing to do but we did the scratch coding programme and I know how to do it now. I think it would be a cool job.” Daniel age 9



“Science is the best fun” Caroline age 5

“I love when we do experiments and sometimes I do them at home too” Colm age 5