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Science in Room 1

Have a look our Wiggle Bot project that we worked on back in term 1!

SEAI Energy Workshop

 

On Tuesday 13th of March, Room 1 participated in a science workshop organised by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.

First, we took part in a discussion during which we learned lots of interesting facts about where we get our electricity from. We learned about the different places we can get energy from, the importance of saving energy and the importance of looking after our planet by recycling.

We then carried out some experiments. We used energy from a potato to light a light bulb! We also trapped gas inside a small tube which caused it to explode.

Lastly, we played a life size board game. We used all the facts we learned during the workshop to compete against each other in groups.

It was a very interesting and exciting workshop.

Ms. Gallagher

Engineer visit in Senior Infants

As part of Engineer’s Week 2018, Senior Infants were very lucky to get a visit from Gerry the Engineer. The children interviewed Gerry about what it was like to be an Engineer and what was his favourite thing about being an engineer.

Gerry very kindly answered all the children’s questions. They learned a lot of interesting things about the work of an engineer,  designing, making and improving his inventions.

Gerry brought his Robot Max with him to show the children and explained how Max was powered by a battery and circuits. Max’s eyes were actually two sensors and his arm was ran by a motor. The children had great fun with Max and Gerry.

The children got up and out of their seats to do the Robot dance.

The children then planned and designed their very own Robot.

Abbvie Science Experiment

On Wednesday, 2nd and 3rd class were busy finding out what a scientist does. We worked in groups to conduct a materials experiment. Children had to think and work like a scientist to identify the mystery material in the science discovery box.  Children worked together to predict the result. We had so much fun trying to figure it out!

Some of us got the chance to dress like a scientist working in a laboratory!

 

Second Class Visit Abbotts

 

On Tuesday the 12th of December we went on a trip to Abbotts.

We met our partners who have been reading with us during our Time to Read sessions. They showed us their work stations and told us what they do every day.
We were also given a tour of the factory.
It was a great day out for us all!
Here are some photos of the day:

Coding with Minecraft in Room 1

The Hour of Code is a global event which takes place each year, when millions of people across the world from ages 4 upwards get the chance to learn about computer science and coding in particular. Continue reading

Hour of Code in Junior Infants and 5th and 6th.

We had great fun today learning about coding. Coding is telling the computer what to do and it is how computer games and apps are created.

Junior Infants love computers and wanted to learn about coding. Pupils from 5th and 6th class offered  to come and help us. We played a game called Candy Quest.

We got to choose our characters and we had to tell the computer what to do to so our character could move through the different levels. We learned a lot about computers and really enjoyed it.

 

Science Discovery in 4th Class

We were lucky in 4th class to welcome Abbvie into our class this week for some science discovery.

First we talked about ‘who is a scientist?’. Then some children had a chance to dress up as scientists. We spoke about why a scientist needs a coat and glasses – to protect themselves.

After that each group was given a mystery box. We weren’t allowed to touch it at first, we had to take a guess of what is was, what was inside of it and the materials it was made from.

Then we compared another box, of the same size, but with various materials inside it to try and identify what was in the mystery box. We compared the weight, sound and whether or not the contents inside could be magnetised. From that, we identified what was in our mystery box.

 

Enjoying Science in Third Class

Slime Time

In Room 12 we have been experimenting with different types of slime recipes. Slime is a very interesting substance. Here is the science behind the slime!

Polymer: ‘’poly’’ means many parts.

A polymer is a long chain of molecules that gives the substance the ability to stretch and be very flexible.

Our Recipe: Glue is a liquid polymer. The tiny molecules in the glue are in strands like a chain. When the Airwick and washing powder are added the strands in the polymer glue hold together, giving it its slimy feel. The Airwick and the washing powder link all the polymer strands together.

 

Solids, liquids and Gasses:

We normally describe something as a solid, liquid or gas. Slime is unusual because it behaves as a solid and a liquid. It can be thrown from hand to hand as a solid and when put into a container it will fill the four corners like a liquid. This is called oobleck slime.

 

The recipe below was our most successful recipe.

  • Pour PVA glue into a bowl.
  • Squirt shaving foam into the bowl with the glue and mix.
  • When mixed pour a capful of food colouring into the shaving foam and glue mixture.
  • Mix until all combined.
  • When the mixture is all combined add some Airwick and stir.
  • When stirred add some washing powder and warm water and stir well.
  • If it is too watery add washing powder and water.
  • When combined pick it up out of the container and kneed for 10-15 mins.
  • After 10-mins put in a container and leave in the fridge.

 

 

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