Longford students are getting a head start when it comes to studying science in primary school thanks to an innovative council initiative.
The Microsoft Dreamspace event will see hundreds of students from 12 primary schools across the county converge on Edgeworthstown next week for the coding based competition.
Students have been working with their teachers over the last number of weeks to prepare projects for judging, with a range of prizes on offer for participants.
At the May meeting of Longford County Council, representatives described the project as giving local students a three year head start in being introduced to STEAM subjects ahead of their addition to the curriculum in 2026.
Granard's Sacred Heart Primary School is one of the schools heading to the event next week, with teacher Rebecca Smalls telling Shannonside FM news the programme has been snapped up by her students:
'It is really accessible for teachers and the students you know. We have a great support from the Dreamspace team and Danny and Christine in the Longford County Council. I suppose it has been lovely in a sense to see maybe boys and girls who wouldn't necessarily like the usual extra curricular activities like football and the sporting side so it has been lovely to see them really come to light and be able to showcase their creativity.'