We are attending the ESB Science Blast event in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick on Tuesday 21st May. We are really looking forward to it. We completed a project on the air quality around our school. We conducted traffic surveys, we researched the various causes of air pollution and we put all the information into a project which we will be taking to Limerick. It promises to be a very fun day out. We worked with the Globe project over the course of the year and they conducted the air sample investigation for us. Out of the 26 schools tested around the country, we had the cleanest air!
Well the day finally came and it was amazing. We got to see other school’s projects, present our own and visit some great shows – from Litter lab with scientific Sue and the rapper who taught us all about the solar system. The judges gave us some amazing feedback.
The display was outstanding and it was clear that a lot of work went into the artwork and fantastic PowerPoint.
As this was our first science blast we didn’t know what to expect but we certainly weren’t disappointed!
Seeing the magic behind this chemical reaction.
How it works:
Milk is made up of mostly water but it does contain vitamins, minerals, proteins and small droplets of fat. The fat and proteins are super sensitive to changes in the milk and so when the dishwashing liquid is added a chemical reaction occurs.
The soap and fat work hard to join together, which causes the movement. When food colouring is added we are able to witness this chemical reaction occurring.
We explored many areas of the science curriculum during this fabulous workshop. The transfer of energy from one object to another, circuits, the power of air amongst many others. It was a fantastic show that the whole school enjoyed.
We took part in the roaring rockets workshop as part of the Baboró festival. We had a blast (no pun intended). We examined the energy and forces behind our own paper rockets. There were also balloon rockets and rockets powered by the air inside of an empty soda bottle.
We were lucky enough to find a wasps nest (minus wasps thank goodness). We cut it open to see what shapes we could find. It is utterly amazing to see the wonders of nature. It is extremely light and the layers are almost like paper.
We cut it open and saw that they use cells similar to bees.
The children thoroughly enjoyed hour of code this year. They found some of the activities more challenging than others
5th class used the Makey Makey to explore circuits and whether objects were good conductors of electricity or if they were good insulators.
Senior infants had great fun making lava lamps.
5th class had been challenged to build the tallest structure using only marshmallows and toothpicks. The structure had to remain standing unsupported for 15 seconds in order to be considered.
The winners worked really well together sharing ideas and not eating the limited supply of marshmallows given!