ESB Science Blast 2021  

While unfortunately the showcase events cannot take place this year, there are lots of ways for 3rd to 6th classes to get involved, from submitting the class investigations for virtual judging, to interacting with ESB Science Blast TV, which will be broadcast directly into classrooms around Ireland from 26th to 30th April. 

To find out how your school can get involved, visit 


What Is ESB Science Blast?  

ESB Science Blast, delivered by the RDS, is a non-competitive programme for primary school classes from 3rd - 6th (ROI) and Key Stage 2 (NI) that invites children to investigate the science behind a simple question that interests and excites them, like:  

  • An féidir leat rith níos tapúile le cosa fhada? 
  • How will climate change affect baby sharks? 
  • Does the five second rule really exist? 
  • Cén baint atá ag deochanna coipeacha ar fhás plandaí?
  • Will WiFi fry my brain? 

ESB Science Blast 2020 

More than 12,000 children from schools across Ireland participated in the ESB Science Blast showcase event at the RDS, Dublin, from the 2nd - 5th March 2020.  La Specialta na Gaeilge, a showcase event delivered fully through the Irish language, showcased project work from 123 Gaeilscoileanna from 19 counties. 

Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, the remaining ESB Science Blast showcase events in Limerick and Belfast, scheduled for May and June 2020 respectively, were cancelled. 

You can look back at the Dublin event HERE: 

Why Is ESB Involved? 

ESB is leading the transition to a low carbon future powered by clean electricity.  That future will depend on having creative and innovative problem solvers.  

ESB Science Blast is a key initiative in ESB’s Generation Tomorrow ‘s STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math’s) programme. Through partnerships with organisations, like the RDS, our goal is to help equip young people with the skills they need to thrive in 21st century society, helping them not only to become creative and innovative problem solvers, but also active and engaged citizens, capable of making informed choices to tackle climate change and other global challenges.