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!
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.
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!!
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!
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!!
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!
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!