Our school was so lucky to have a Science Presentation by Paddy Madden, a Lecturer on Social Environmental and Science Education at Marino Institute of Education.
We loved listening to Paddy’s stories about the plants, animals and mini-beasts of Ireland. He showed us lots of interesting plants, bugs, shells, rocks, animals homes, insect hotels – so many many things! We could listen to Paddy forever!
St. Fiachra’s SNS and Belvedere College participate in a joint Science event each year in our school. The secondary school boys present many different Science Experiments to our Third Classes. The Third Classes participate in hands-on activities during these presentations.
Science Buzz is an annual event in our school and is a very enjoyable experience for students in both schools.
Down below we can see photos of the Rocket Launches!
There were wonderful Maths Display noticeboards in many areas of our school during Maths Week. They were bright and colourful with so many interesting mathematical facts on display. We learned so much from these noticeboards.
Look at these fantastic homemade balances which 4th Class made while studying about Weight. Wow! They used a coat hanger, string and two plastic cups to make these fabulous balances. They work brilliantly and were so useful for comparing different weights. Super work!
4th Class took advantage of the recent fine weather by organising a new outdoor Maths Trail. The children had great fun as they searched all over our school grounds to solve the mathematical clues. There was a great variety of mathematical skills in use solving these clues.
During Maths Week we all enjoyed a Maths Table Quiz in our classrooms. We worked in small groups and had great fun working together on the answers to the questions which were shown on our Interactive White Boards.
During Maths Week we became very aware of evidence of Maths all around us.
We hadn’t really noticed before but when it was brought to our attention, we noticed Maths everywhere! We had lots of posters around the school illustrating Maths in our environment. We discovered Maths everywhere!!
Sixth Class really enjoyed designing their Space Rockets. The rockets are based on stored energy.
Working in groups, they used insulating pipe foam to make the main body of the rocket. They used card templates for the fins. The fins keep the rockets pointed in the correct direction. They then used masking tape to hold everything together!!
The children constructed a protractor to see the best angle to use which would propel the rocket the furthest distance. They punched a hole in the protractor and added string. They put BluTac on the end of the string which worked as a weight.
Using an elastic band and a wooden metre stick, they launched their rockets!!
When they pulled back the elastic band, the elastic band stored the energy. Then when the elastic band is let go, it releases this energy as it returns to its original length.
The children then measuredthe length each rocket flew. They compared the different lengths and established whose rocket flew the longest distance and the shortest distance.
One rocket even landed in the basketball hoop!! Can you spot it?!
Fifth class demonstrate their ‘green fingers’ as each child plants their seedlings in individual pots. They will eagerly follow the growth journey of their own seedling – making sure that the seedlings get sufficient light and water.
It’s not every day that our students are invited to Beaumont Hospital for a Science Presentation by the tutors of the Royal College of Surgeons!
St. Fiachra’s 6th class students put on the white coats and surgical gloves and participated in a myriad of fascinating scientific experiments. They got the opportunity to use various items of medical equipment. Everybody was enraptured by this experience! A fascinating day for our students!
Third Classes are very busy planting and maintaining the flower beds in the school courtyards. These flower beds make our school look so pretty and colourful. Lots of watering and weeding to be done on a daily basis to care for the flowers and plants. What great gardeners we have in St. Fiachra’s SNS!! Our brightly coloured flowers attract lots of butterflies, bees and insects.
Each group of four children designed and made a car ferry. The car ferry had to have a ramp for cars and lorries and had to be capable of holding passengers and ten play cars. Obviously, it also had to float! We tested each car ferry in a large container of water to make sure that each group had met the criteria given! We had lots of fun!
Want to turn a bar of metal into a magnet? We were shown how to do this by this young scientist!
Firstly, wrap copper around a bar of metal. Next, connect one end of the copper wire to a switch. Then, tape down the copper wire so it doesn’t fall out of place. Finally, flick the switch and the bar has magnetic properties.
Watch what happened when baking powder was put in a balloon and dropped in on top of a bottle of malt vinegar!! Their chemical reaction created a gas which inflated the balloon! Wow! Almost like magic!!
What fun we had when the Crazy Scientist visited our school and gave a hilarious science presentation in the hall! He needed lots of volunteers to help with his scientific experiments. No shortage of volunteers! We really enjoyed his talk and learned so much from his experiments.
We were fascinated to see plastic being made out of milk and vinegar. The milk and vinegar were heated in the microwave and then mixed together until small lumps started to form. Food dye was added. The lumps were shaped and left to cool overnight! Job done! Plastic made! We were amazed!
The Senior School had a most interesting science presentation by Damien Stafford, Senior Perfusionist in the Mater Private Hospital.
A perfusionist is a healthcare professional who uses the cardiopulmonary bypass machine (heart–lung machine) during cardiac surgery.
We saw photos of the life-changing machinery which keep people alive during heart and lung transplants. It was fascinating to hear about this amazing lifesaving work which is going on in our hospitals by our health professionals. We learned how to become a perfusionist and also how to keep our hearts healthy by exercising regularly and avoiding unhealthy foods.
Firefighters, Conor Keegan and Andy Cullen, gave us a very interesting science presentation on fire safety and fire fighting. We saw practical firefighting techniques and equipment.We were fascinated!!
It’s amazing what we can design and make with a bottle cap, BluTac, a CD and a balloon!! Yes, can you believe that a hovercraft can be made using these simple items?! When everything is assembled, put the inflated balloon and watch the hovercraft glide!!! Fab!!!
Washing up liquid really does work!! We dropped different coloured food dyes into a saucer of milk. We were fascinated to see the food dye move away from the washing-up liquid when the washing-up liquid was dropped slowly onto the milk using a cotton bud
Wow! A volcano eruption in the St. Fiachra’s Senior school yard. We really enjoying watching a homemade volcano erupt spectacularly – thanks to the chemical reaction of baking soda and vinegar! Very impressive! You can understand why this experiment took place outdoors!
Robert Finn, a mechanical engineer, gave a very interesting presentation to all the classes in the hall. We learned about the different types of engineering and how one becomes an engineer! It was a fascinating talk! There were many future engineers in the audience!