Discover Primary Science (DPS)



Galway Atlantaquaria - Putting the Sea into the SESE Curriculum!

Welcome to our Discover Primary Science Seashore Sensations Project

Galway Atlantaquaria are offering a 3 hour Science Programme based around the Materials, Energy and Forces, Environmental Awareness and Care, and Living Things modules of the SESE Curriculum, aimed primarily at 8-12 year old children and adaptable for younger students.

  1. The basic project involves a half day trip to Atlantaquaria, and is made up of three modules:
  2. Fun Experiments and Activities in our “Explorer’s Laboratory”. Based on materials and energy and forces.
  3. A Guided tour of the aquarium during which students will observe native marine life and look for differences in shape, colour, habitat

Science Special Offers

Guided Tour of the Aquarium (60 min)

During this interactive tour study some of Irelands amazing marine and freshwater life, hold a spider crab and a starfish and help our staff feed some of our fish.

Add one or more of the following options to enhance your science experience at Galway Atlantaquaria

Option A

Science Experiments (50 min)

Bring science to life in our Explorers laboratory. Observe marine life under the microscope, launch rockets and make slime to investigate materials and energy and forces. If you enjoyed the experiments that you carried out at the aquarium you can see the details of some of them on our experiments page.

Option B

Animal Anatomy (50 min interactive presentation and dissection)

Learn about different types of animals and their special features, such as camouflage and body shape. Take a closer look at a very special invertebrate while taking part in a squid dissection.

Option C

Seashore Safari (90 min)

Take a trip to our local shore, Grattan Beach to learn about Galway’s seashore life. Identify the animals and plants found there and how they live together. This activity is subject to weather and tides and can be carried out with a maximum of 30 children at an additional cost of €2 per child.