IASTA Conference / PDST Ag-Venture

IASTA are pleased to announce the date for our Annual Conference. This year we are collaborating with the PDST with the two day event taking place on the evening of Friday March 4th and Saturday March 5th in the Abbey Hotel Roscommon. The event will be hosted by the IASTA Western & Mid-Western branches. Full […]

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Consultation on Draft Specification for LC Agricultural Science

The NCCA have published the Draft Specification for the Leaving Certificate Agricultural Science new syllabus. In line with this, the NCCA has also begun a consultation process inviting anyone with an interest in Agricultural Science to provide feedback on the draft specifications. IASTA would like to encourage all their members to read the draft specifications […]

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IASTA Survey on Practical Assessment in Agricultural Science

IASTA are currently undertaking a survey of members on the practical assessment component of Leaving Certificate Agricultural Science, specifically with the view to making any necessary changes or alterations on the introduction of the new syllabus. While ultimately it will be the State Examinations Commission that will decide on the nature of the practical component, […]

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IASTA Regional Table Quizzes CANCELLED

Unfortunately, IASTA have taken the decision to defer the IASTA Regional Table Quizzes scheduled for this coming Thursday, November 19th 2015. IASTA now plan to hold the one ‘All Ireland Quiz’ at a central venue early in 2016. A lower than expected number of entries per centre was the deciding factor for us to cancel the […]

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PDST Autumn Workshops for Ag. Science Teachers

The PDST Agricultural Science team have organised a series of workshops for Agricultural Science teachers in late November and December, in four locations around the country. It’s targeted at new teachers or Ag. Science or those who need a refresher! Topics include: Drafting a possible scheme of work (incorporating the practical component.) Focusing on numeracy/literacy […]

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IASTA Leaving Certificate Ag. Science Table Quiz

IASTA are delighted to announce details of our annual Agricultural Science Table Quiz for 6th Year students. For the first time, we are organising three “regional finals” in different locations around the country – the top eight teams (minimum) then going on to compete in a national final in spring 2016. Each regional final will […]

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The Value of Pollinators – Free Lecture

The Institute of Biology of Ireland, as part of the 2015 activity series, invites its members, families, friends and the general public to attend this free lecture on ”The Value of Pollinators’. Presented by Dr Jane Stout, School of Natural Sciences, Trinity College Dublin, the lecture will take place on Friday November 13th 2015 at 8:00pm at the National Botanical Garden and all are welcome. Below is […]

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StudyClix.ie for Agricultural Science Tests & Exams

Studyclix.ie is a brilliant Irish website designed to help teachers produce exams and tests, as well as providing resource such as videos. The site works by breaking up all the main leaving and junior cert courses into topics and for each topic gives past exam questions, marking schemes and resources. The site was founded by an […]

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Science Week Photo Competition

IASTA, along with StreamScapes and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are delighted to announce details of a new twitter based competition for Leaving Certificate pupils. This year’s theme is ‘Farming & Water Quality’ and features great prizes for winners (5 x Samsung Galaxy Tablets).  This Twitter-based competition is supported by EPA Catchments (@EPACatchments) and produced by the Irish […]

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Certificate in Irish Wild Flower Identification – Online Course, IT Sligo

The Institute of Technology in Sligo is running an online course on Irish Wildflower Identification, which may be of interest to teachers of agricultural science. Course participants are required to build a portfolio of at least 100 plant species by collecting and preserving specimens in a herbarium as well as keeping photographic records of the plants in their […]

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