We have taken part in 6 hands on science investigations.
- Living Things – Planting seeds
- Living Things – Our finger prints, dominant eye, reflexes, teeth
- Energy and Forces – Electricity, we created our own circuits and buzzers.
- Energy and Forces – Magnets, we learned that opposites attract! We estimated and counted how many paper clips a magnet could hold. Light.
- Materials – Waterproof materials, we built a boat using waterproof materials
- Environmental Awareness and Care – Our school Garden, clean up and planting plants and seeds to attract bees into our garden, biodiversity.
We also hosted two science events for Science Week, K’nex and Bend It Like Beckham.
6th Class directed a video about how to keep a healthy heart.
We also had Robyn Barry from the Department of the Environment come in to talk to us about biodiversity and environmental awareness.
Biodiversity and Environmental Awareness
Living Science Workshop.
Robin Barry came to our school to talk to us about pollution and environmental awareness. He told us about the largest turtle in the whole world that died because of people not picking up there litter on the beach.
Robin Barry also told us that the turtle thought the plastic bags where jelly fish so he ate them.
The plastic bags then got caught in the turtle’s belly and he died and was washed up on a beach. When people found him they cut open his belly and found five different plastic bags from different countries so now there is a charge on plastic bags in shops in Ireland.
Robin thought us that a cow has five different stomachs and when a cow farts it can cause air pollution.
He also showed us lots of different insects, such as centipedes and millipedes in dishes and a collection of butterflies.
It was a fun workshop.
Living Science Workshop Visit
On Thursday or Friday a man called Robin Barry came to our school to talk to us about living science. He brought some insects, some were dead and some were alive. He even brought in a snakes skin and it was black and brown.
Robin Barry works in the Department of the Environment. He brought the living science workshop to our school. He even showed us lots of butterflies. The butterflies were in a box and they were stuck in with nails.
Robin Barry had mini beasts. I think they were all dead. All of the beasts were so small. The mini beasts were in a small circular plastic box.
Robin Barry brought in a plastic bag. He told us if you throw plastic bags in the sea a turtle will think that they are jelly fish and it will eat it and then the turtle will die.
Robin Barry taught us about pollution. Pollution can kill fish. Engines of cars and fumes that come out of vehicles can harm the environment. Pollution is poisonous to the environment.
How many paper clips can be held by one magnet.
First we estimated then we counted.
We then drew bar graphs to represent how many paper clips could be held by different magnets.
Bended it like Beckham
During science week James Sopher came to our school to talk us about Beckham and he thought that Beckham was a genius.
James thought Beckham was a genius because Beckham used physics to score from a free kick in the World Cup qualification against Greece to go through. It was 1-1and in the 90th minute. England had a free kick and Beckham took it. He shot, on the left corner and in the goal.
James thought Beckham was a genius because he used the theories of the scientists; Newton, Galileo and Coanola.
The Newton method was that if you take a longer run at the ball it will go faster and James showed us that.
The other technic he used was from a man called Galileo from Italy. His theory was about gravity, to do with the weight of the ball.
The next scientist was Coanola, Beckham used his theory to ensure that the ball curved into the left corner of the goal. Beckham used all of the 3 theories, to score the goal.
James explained all these theories and showed us some experiments. It was pretty cool. We tested gravity; we also tested how to score like Beckham. I liked it and I think everyone liked it.
During Science Week, James Sopher came to our school to tell us about the free kick Beckham scored in the 2009 world cup. He showed us how Beckham did it; it was amazing.
Beckham simply kicks it over the wall. It was like he could do it in his sleep. It is just outstanding how he does it.
James also showed us the difference between a piece of paper dropping and a tennis ball dropping.
James explained that a tennis ball will drop faster because it is heavier and it is round. The piece of paper is slower because the air slows it down.
Three students from N.U.I.G came to our school. The students showed us how to make our own bouncy balls.
The students told us why an orange is orange and the students also let us experiment with nitrogen.
The students also showed us how to make elephant toothpaste.
It was a very fun and informative demonstration.
By Darren Osagie
Some PHD students from the NUIG to show us kitchen chemistry. They gave each group a work book to see if it was acid or alkaline. The red cabbage smelt worse than a skunk.
After a while they showed us nitrogen and loads of fog was coming out of it .This fog was actually steam because the nitrogen was so cold and was reacting to the warm air in the classroom. You could put leaves in it and smash them against the table and they would break because they were frozen by nitrogen.
We made balls with glue, dye and corn starch. The balls bounced really high and some were different colours.
Then we made elephant tooth paste. It was when you mix ingredients together and put in tooth paste and then it all flew out.
BY HARRY WALL
Garden Clean up and Planting seeds
On Thursday 21.04.16 the whole school planted seeds for our school garden.
We are very excited to watch them grow.
We turned our classroom into a crime scene investigation today and took our own fingerprints using our pencils and cello-tape.
We then counted how many loops and curves we could see.