Primary School Activities:

SCIENCE-ART PROJECT: The Invisible Made Visible 












To celebrate the launch of The Invisible Made Visible, APC are delighted to offer free pre-cut jellyfish stencils to primary schools who would like to try the activity with their class. Use the coupon code: uvv5fstk. Limited supply available, only one pack per school.

Alternatively, you can find a free jellyfish template in the Education Pack for Teachers if you would like to make your own stencil.

The Invisible Made Visible explains the scientific process of Covid testing through the creative process of lino-printing and film. Aimed at primary learners, this STEAM-Art project is a creative collaboration between botanical artist Shevaun Doherty and APC principal investigator Dr Cormac Gahan.

This project is supported by Science Foundation Ireland’s Discover Primary Science and Maths programme. You can read more about the project, and others in the series, at



This year there are two drawing competitions – for ages 5 – 9 and 10 – 14 with prizes of microbiome themed books – The Gut Garden by Katie Brosnan and The Gut Stuff by Lisa and Alana MacFarlane.

For older Microbiome enthusiasts there is a competition for “Showcasing your Food Microbe Hobby” with a chance to win an ASUS 14” Windows 10 Laptop. This is for the gardeners, sourdough bakers, brewers, home composters, mushroom collectors and growers and anybody else who has a hobby where microbes are an essential part of it!

The deadline for all competitions is June 30thMORE INFO


  • Continuous Professional Development for Primary School Teachers:  

APC contributes to the teacher summer course “Exploring Primary Science” at the Lifetime Lab. This course is approved by the Department of Education.

  • Microbe Magic Website suitable for school students, teachers and parents. You will meet characters such as GI Jake, a bifidobacterium, and Luke O’Cyte, a white blood cell, together with educational multimedia games, experiments, quizzes and competitions or have your questions asked by an APC scientist!
  • Mind Your Microbes App

Mind Your Microbes allows you to explore the Gastrointestinal System and Microbiome to learn how age, diet and exercise can influence the diversity of human gut bacteria.

For more information please contact our Education and Public Engagement Manager, Dr Aimee Stapleton – email:; tel: 021 4901313