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Science 2019

Materials - Ms McElduffs 5th class - Which material is the best insulator

posted Sep 29, 2020, 11:59 AM by Owen Breslin

We wanted to see which material was the best insulator of heat. We decided to examine which material would keep hot water warm for the longest length of time. We chose several different materials that we believed would be good insulators - sheep wool, feathers, cotton, paper, bubble wrap, tin foil etc .. We made sure it was a fair test by using the same bottles, the same amount of water, the same length of time, the same weight of materials and the same temperature for each. We recorded our results and found out that paper kept the water warmest.





Living Things - Testing growing conditions for seeds

posted Sep 29, 2020, 4:06 AM by Owen Breslin


Ms Dermody's 3rd class learned all about what conditions were needed for plants to grow. Using a number of test samples, each group planted seeds and removed one of the conditions needed for plant growth. They used a control sample which was exposed to light, heat and water and they used this to compare to samples that had
  • heat + water but no light
  • heat + light but no water 
  • light + water but no heat
After a few weeks it was clear that each of the elements are needed as there was a huge difference between the test sample and each of the other sample. It was also clear that the seeds without water made the least progress.



Energy & Forces - Floating / Sinking - Ms Phelans 1st / 2nd and Ms Molloys 2nd class

posted Sep 28, 2020, 7:29 AM by Owen Breslin   [ updated Sep 29, 2020, 11:44 AM ]

Ms Phelans 1st / 2nd and Ms Molloys 2nd class had great fun exploring the topic of floating and sinking. One important lesson they learned was that when it comes to items that float,  the shape of an item can be as important as how heavy it is. They experimented with a piece of plasticine and experimented by changing the shape of it to determine if they could affect how it floats. They discovered that by flattening the piece of plasticine and making it into the shape of a boat they could increase how many passengers their boat could hold without sinking.

The boys and girls also explored what common objects might sink or float. 

Science Blast

posted Mar 3, 2020, 2:24 PM by Owen Breslin

After a lot of hard work in recent weeks on their science blast projects, today was the day that the pupils of both 5th classes had been eagerly looking forward to. A bus packed with excited students headed for ESB Science Blast 2020 in Dublins RDS. 

Ms McElduff's class had answered the question "Which material is the most efficient at conserving heat in a container?" while Mr Breslin's 5th class answered the question "What is the relationship between exercise and our lungs?"

ESB Science Blast is a giant science fair that involves:
  • pupils demonstrating their projects and presenting them to a panel of judges
  • fun, interactive science shows
  • an exciting array of exhibitors stands
  • visiting all of the other schools stands

Both classes performed fantastically in front of the judges and engaged fully with them,  answering questions and presenting their ideas.
Both projects received very positive feedback from the judges. 

Pupils got a chance to attend two shows Marty Jopson - Invisible World's and Dr Ken- Circus Science.

Highlights from the exhibitor area included ESB, Explorium and Jones engineering.

It was a great day and we are incredibly proud of our pupils. Their work on both projects was fantastic and the way they carried themselves today was truly exemplary. We are very proud of them.

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Science Week Science Fair 2019

posted Nov 15, 2019, 11:25 AM by Owen Breslin

The boys and girls of both 5th classes combined to host this years Science Fair. Featuring a variety of experiments including: 
  • elephants toothpaste
  • how big is your lungs
  • magnets
  • electro magnet
  • slime
  • lava lamps
  • tornado in a bottle
  • blowing up a balloon using a chemical reaction
  • looking at cells using a microscope
  • pencil in a bottle (showing that a vacuum held in water in a bottle, even when the bottle was punctured)
  • walking stickman
  • refraction 
It was a very enjoyable day and we are very grateful to the boys and girls from 5th class who worked so hard to prepare for the fair as well as doing an excellent job demonstrating their experiments for all of the boys and girls in school.

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Science Week 2nd class

posted Nov 15, 2019, 11:17 AM by Owen Breslin






Second Class conducted 'Dancing Raisins' experiment. First we put raisins into water. The raisins sink in water because the raisins are more dense than water. Then we put the raisins into 7up. The raisins sink, then the bubbles in 7up stick to the raisins and help it to float. Then the bubbles burst and the raisins sink again.

Science Week - Clonaslee College host Marty Jopson

posted Nov 12, 2019, 9:51 AM by Owen Breslin

The pupils of 5th and 6th class visited Clonaslee college today for a very special treat for science week. BBC scientist Marty Jopson presented his show Invisible Worlds much to the delight of the assembled crowd. Using powerful microscopes , Marty brought the boys and girls up close to a variety of different specimens including tiny insects, nettles and blood and hair samples. Many thanks to Clonaslee college for their kind invitation.


Environmental Awareness & Care - Jun Infants plant a tree

posted Nov 12, 2019, 6:03 AM by Owen Breslin   [ updated Sep 29, 2020, 11:49 AM ]

As part of Science Week 2019, we are being encouraged to plant trees. The boys and girls of Junior Infants have recently learned about trees. They have learned the parts of a tree and they learned about what trees need to grow. They have explored the grounds of the school and discovered that we have many different types of trees. They also took some very nice leaf rubbings. 
As part of Science Week, schools were encouraged to plant trees to help our environment. Junior Infants they played their part by planting a Mountain Ash tree in the school grounds. Thanks to Brendan for his help preparing the site.
We look forward to seeing our tree grow at the same time as our Junior Infants grow.


Science Week - 6th class visit Tullamore College

posted Nov 11, 2019, 12:24 PM by Owen Breslin

The boys and girls of 6th class got Science Week 2019 off to a great start by visiting Tullamore college for their annual science day. They had a great time performing a variety of experiments under the guidance of the students of Tullamore college. many thanks to all of the young scientists for sharing their expertise today and many thanks to those at Tullamore college for organizing such a fun day.

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