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About Curious Minds

We are excited to announce that our Discover Primary Science and Maths (DPSM) programme has been rebranded as Curious Minds. Through the SFI Curious Minds programme we will continue our work supporting schools to develop the innate curiosity of children through a hands-on, inquiry-based approach to STEM learning.

Curious Minds is part of Science Foundation Ireland’s Education and Public Engagement Programme, which aims to increase interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) among students, teachers and members of the public.

The programme originated as Discover Primary Science and Maths (DPSM) in 2003 with the goal of introducing primary school students to science in a practical, hands-on, enjoyable and interactive way. Since 2010 the programme has been run in conjunction with the European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO) Ireland which uses space to inspire and engage young people in science and technology in the world around them.  Year after year teachers tell us that our primary school awards are a great way of involving everyone in science in the school.

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Celebrate your school's STEM achievements and submit your entry to our SFI Curious Minds Awards.


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Teacher Resources

Access a range of free resources that will support you on your primary school STEM teaching journey.



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CPD for Teachers

Our Curious Minds/ESERO professional development helps primary teachers empower the innovators of tomorrow.

Professional Development

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Discover centres

Visit an SFI Discover Centre for a captivating informal STEM learning experience. We have centres across Ireland.

Discover Centres

Looking for support in your STEM teaching?

Use the Curious Minds support tool to guide you towards the next steps on your STEM teaching journey

Stem Teaching

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