Dunsink Lane, Dublin 15, D15 XR2R

Educational Resources

Please see below or visit our menu bar above for links to our educational activities for primary and secondary level students.

Primary School Resources

Secondary School Resources

Educational Events

Secondary Schools and Universities: If you are interested in visiting Dunsink with your school/university group you can contact us with a request at Please note that we currently have a waiting list which your request will be added to.

TY Placement: Please note that we are currently unable to facilitate TY placements at the observatory.

Partner Resources

The SFI Discover Astronomical Midlands Project uses the recently constructed Irish Low Frequency Array (I-LOFAR) and Education Centre at Birr Castle, Co. Offaly, to engage students, teachers, and members of the public in rural communities in the Midlands of Ireland with astronomy. There is a variety of Primary Science and Junior Cycle space resources available on their website.
The Astro Science Challenge is an interactive, space science adventure for children aged 7-11. The adventure consists of six ‘episodes’, each with a new science-based challenge for the students to complete. Resources available on their website include episodes on space weather hazards, coding, and living in space!
The Irish branch of the ESA European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO Ireland) provides primary and secondary level classroom resources related to both Earth and space science.
Universe Awareness (UNAWE) is an International Astronomical Union endorsed programme that uses the beauty and grandeur of the Universe to encourage young children, particularly those from an underprivileged background, to have an interest in science and technology and foster their sense of global citizenship from the earliest age. UNAWE was founded in 2004 and is active in 40 countries comprising a global network of almost 500 astronomers, teachers and other educators.
Universe Awareness has started a collaboration with the European Southern Observatory (ESO) to produce the astronomy news service Space Scoop — versions of ESO Science and Photo Releases that are written specifically for children aged between 7 and 11 years old. Space Scoop is meant to feed children's curiosity about the Universe, by allowing them to access ESO releases. Space Scoop will be available online at the same time as the original version of a release, so children can learn about the latest developments in astronomy as they happen.
astroEDU is an open-access platform for peer-reviewed science education activities supported by International Astronomical Union Office of Astronomy for Education.