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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Upcoming Branch Meetings – Dublin / East, Cork / Kerry, Midlands, Mid-West

IASTA are delighted to announce a series of branch meetings in the coming weeks. These meetings will take place in four locations around the country and will focus on plant identification and a review of the most recent LC Agricultural Science examinations. The dates, times and venues are detailed below. To book a place at any […]

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New Syllabus for Agricultural Science by 2017 

This article originally appeared in the Country Leaving section of the Irish Farmers’ Journal and is reproduced here with permission. The new ag science syllabus is expected to be in schools by 2017, writes Mary Phelan. The development of a new ag science syllabus is well under way. The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment […]

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Western Branch Meeting

The Western Branch of IASTA will hold a meeting for in Galway Education Centre on Tuesday September 22nd 2015 to discuss a wide range of Agricultural Science teaching and learning issues including:   Summative Assessment of learning for Agricultural Science. Agricultural Science – New specifications. Annual Conference hosted by Western / North Western Branch(s) / Aurivo. Teaching Council […]

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