Category Archives: Discover Primary Science 2016

Environmental Awareness in Room 8

Mr. Sheekey’s 1st Class have been learning about how to take care of our environment. We learned about how to ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’. We used construction toys and then recycled materials to create pieces of Art. Some of us recreated famous constructions like the Taj Mahal, the Statue of Liberty and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. We also created robots, monsters and many other unusual objects! We used lots of different 3d shapes like cylinders, cubes, cuboids and spheres to make our creations look interesting and to help them to balance.

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We also worked together to make posters reminding people in St. Kevin’s to take care of our environment.

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Engineers’ Week Quiz

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As Engineers’ week conflicted with Seachtain na Gaeilge and our 1916 celebrations this year, Mr. O’Neill and Mr. McNeice’s classes took part in activities to celebrate it along with Science week. Take a look at the pictures of the classes taking part in an engineering quiz!

6th class and 5th class also built rockets, cup telephones, circuits and coded data for our school science fair! Check out the Science Fair Video on the blog!

Clash of the Spherical Titans! – 2nd class

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This week, 2nd class have been working to figure out which ball is the bounciest – a tennis ball, sponge ball, elastic ball, basketball, sliotar or a Gaelic football? With the upcoming Active Week in St. Kevin’s, finding an answer to this question was vital. It is time for the clash of the spherical titans!

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We test each ball by placing it at the same height and dropping each one. We make sure not to throw the ball down but instead drop it gently. Once it bounces back up from the ground, we mark the highest height that the rebound reaches on our wall chart. We try to make sure that the balls are roughly the same size. This is to make sure we have a fair test. Afterwards, we marked our results using block graphs.

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Can you guess which ball was the bounciest?

Perfect Parachutes !

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Ms. Murtagh’s 4th class were learning about air resistance in Science. Air pushes against any object moving through it. This is known as air resistance. We conducted an experiment to investigate which material makes the perfect parachute. The perfect parachute will have the most air resistance pushing it up and will fall the slowest. We used plastic, card and fabric to create 3 different parachutes but we had to examine our variables before beginning. We decided that our controlled variables would be the size and shape of the parachutes, the height of the drop, the object attached to the parachute and the length of string used to attach the object to the parachute. We timed our 3 parachutes falling to the millisecond and the one that fell the slowest was the perfect one! Which material do you think made the perfect parachute?20160415_14033220160415_140547
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