Category Archives: Discover Primary Science 2014

Planting Marigolds in Room 3

We planted marigolds in room 3 and watched them grow! We could see the flowers begin to grow within a few weeks of planting them. Unfortunately, some of the marigolds did not grow. We decided to make a graph to show how many of the flowers grew. We counted 17 flowers that grew and 4 that did not grow. Have a look at us planting the seeds and making our graphs! FullSizeRender
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Stretchy Sock Scientists! – 2nd class

After receiving a letter from a local sports shop, Mr. McCarthy’s and Ms. Dorman’s 2nd classes were set with the task of finding the stretchiest material for new sports socks. We decided to test wool, nylon, cotton and a mix of both cotton and wool. Each sock was measured and, after attaching them to a hook, a weight was placed in each one so that the socks stretched.

It was particularly important that we created a fair test, so we carefully weighed stones, placed the same weight in each sock and hung them from the same height. Once the socks had stretched, we measured their new lengths and after some subtraction calculations, we discovered that nylon was the stretchiest material, with cotton as a close second. Finally, we charted our results on block charts.

Have a look at our video to see our time as stretchy sock scientists!

2nd Excellence in Science Award for St. Kevin’s

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We have been awarded our second excellence in science award from Discover Primary Science. Many thanks to all the teachers and in particular Mr. McNeice for coordinating and submitting our application. This year we were one of the very few schools who submitted our application through our blog. You can check out some of the activities we tok part in by clicking on the Discover Primary Science link on the left hand side of our blog.

Scientific Sue

Mr. McNeice’s science mad 5th class got to experience a real treat yesterday in St. Peter’s School in Bray. Scientific Sue was doing a show all about sound, magnetism and electricity. It was a really enjoyable show for students and teachers alike, with plenty of volunteers needed from the audience at different times (luckily Mr. McNeice was not the teacher they decided to “shoot” towards the end!!). Below are just a few of the highlights and pictures from the show. The class would like to thank Scientific Sue for a wonderfully fun and interactive show and St. Peter’s for being such welcoming and kind hosts. Hopefully St. Kevin’s might get to host Scientific Sue’s shows in the future!!

6th Class Scientists

Pupils in 6th class, inspired by the recent science fair, have been carrying out all sorts of experiments recently.These included testing for the acidity of a liquid (using a foul smelling red cabbage juice), moving cans, water and hair with the static electricity off a balloon, watching a flame in a jar being extinguished due to lack of oxygen, air pressure moving objects, lego robots with sensors attached, balloons being blown up using hot water and air, and actually ‘punching’ a liquid mixture of cornflour and water (try it – it feels solid!)
There were many more but the wow factor was clearly in evidence throughout and a future in science beckons for many no doubt!