Midlands schools to benefit from almost €500,000 in STEM funding

Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has announced a trebling of the budget for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) grants to €4.7m. The announcement, which comes as a result of phenomenal demand, marks a significant stride towards advancing STEM education in schools nationwide. Midlands schools will benefit from almost a half a million in funding.

STEM education

In total 446 primary and 85 post-primary schools across the country are receiving funding amounts of between €1,000 and €10,000. The schools will receive eighty-five percent of the funding in 2023 with the remaining fifteen percent paid following a reporting and evaluation process in 2024.

The successful projects in STEM education focus on coding, robotics, growing plants without soil, modules on AI, interpreting weather patterns, film and animation, student STEM Clubs and Community-Based Science Fairs. Have a further look at STEM and STEAM activity in Midlands schools here.

In total schools across Laois, Offaly, Westmeath and Longford will benefit from €447, 914 in funding.

List of the Midlands schools granted STEM funding

Laois

The Swan NSLaois€6,934.24Primary
Scoil Mhuire, Wolfhill NSLaois€6,934.24Primary
Scoil PhádraigLaois€9,575.00Primary
Sandy Lane National SchoolLaois€9,935.00Primary
Scoil Tighearnach NaofaLaois€9,340.00Primary
Gaelscoil PhortlaoiseLaois€10,000.00Primary
Holy Family Senior SchoolLaois€10,000.00Primary
Scoil Chriost RíLaois€10,000.00Post Primary
Ballinakill National SchoolLaois€9,901.57Primary
Rushall NSLaois€8,692.00Primary

Longford

Scoil BhrídeLongford€10,000.00Primary
St, Guasacht’s N.SLongford€10,000.00Primary
St. John’s National SchoolLongford€1,500.00Primary
ScoilSamhthannLongford€10,000.00Primary
Lanesborough Primary SchoolLongford€10,000.00Primary

Offaly

Oxmantown NSOffaly€6,999.95Primary
St Brendans PSOffaly€10,000.00Primary
Scoil BhrídeOffaly€7,374.00Primary
St Patricks N.S. ClonbullogueOffaly€8,480.00Primary
Monasteroris NSOffaly€10,000.00Primary
St Mary’s Primary SchoolOffaly€10,000.00Primary
Kinnitty NSOffaly€9,575.00Primary
Scoil MuireOffaly€10,000.00Primary
St. Kieran’s N.S.Offaly€6,000.00Primary
Scoil N MhuireOffaly€9,825.00Primary
LUMCLOON NATIONAL SCHOOLOffaly€10,000.00Primary
St. Mary’s National SchoolOffaly€7,611.98Primary
Scoil Charthaigh NaofaOffaly€10,000.00Primary
Gaelscoil Eadan DoireOffaly€9,540.00Primary
Scoil Mhuire agus ChormaicOffaly€10,000.00Primary
Colaiste Choilm TullamoreOffaly€10,000.00Post Primary
Colaiste na SionnaOffaly€10,000.00Post Primary
St. Brendan’s Community SchoolOffaly€10,000.00Post Primary
Gallen Community SchoolOffaly€9,101.39Post Primary

Westmeath

St Patrick’s NS EdmontonWestmeath€10,000.00Primary
Emper N.S.Westmeath€10,000.00Primary
Drumraney N.SWestmeath€10,000.00Primary
Milltownpass N.SWestmeath€10,000.00Primary
St Mary’s N.S.Westmeath€10,000.00Primary
Coralstown N.S.Westmeath€9,484.50Primary
St Manchan’s N.SWestmeath€10,000.00Primary
Kilcleagh NSWestmeath€2,669.43Primary
Scoil Phádraig, Milltown NSWestmeath€8,000.00Primary
St Tolas N.SWestmeath€10,000.00Primary
Scoil Chruimin NaofaWestmeath€10,000.00Primary
St. Kenny NSWestmeath€10,000.00Primary
St Brigid’s SchoolWestmeath€10,000.00Primary
St. Etchens NSWestmeath€8,873.03Primary
Scoil an Chlochair N.SWestmeath€9,575.00Primary
Saplings Special SchoolWestmeath€10,000.00Primary

The Department is front loading the grant scheme this year and it is hoped that a further round of funding can be run in 2024. It means that eligible schools that were not successful this time may receive funding in the future.

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