On Friday the 27th of April we learned how to make a drawbot. First we watched a tutorial on how to make a drawbot. We used a cardboard cup, 3-4 markers, tape, blue tac, rubber, 2 batteries, 2 wires and a motor. First we taped the markers onto each side of the cup, then we taped the motor onto the top of the cup. Then put the rubber on the motor so it would vibrate. We used blue tac to stick the batteries onto the cup. After that we connected the wires up from the batteries to the motor. Then you get a page and put your drawbot on it and if the wires are connected properly it should start vibrating on the page making lines, circles etc. You can draw a face or design on the cup to make it look cool but this is entirely optional. After that’s done you can have good fun with it.
By Jeremy Hla, Calum Kehoe, Frank Doran and Katie Brennan (6th class)
On Wednesday 21st March a Science Fair was held in the school hall. This gave students an opportunity to showcase and explain their science work to other classes in the school. The following activities were on show:
Junior Infants: Dancing Raisins; The Life Cycle of a Chick
Senior Infants: Floating and Sinking; Egg in Salt and Water
First Class: Egg in Water and Egg in Vinegar;The Life Cycle of the Frog
Second Class: Lemon Suds; Whistling Balloons; Dying Celery; Optical Illusions
3rd and 4th: Surface Tension; Making Hovercrafts
4th and 5th: Testing for Starch; Which drink contains most sugar?
5th and 6th: Electric Quizzes; Electricity Construction Projects
As you can see we had great fun while learning lots!
Garda Mark Bolger came in to our classroom. He talked about forensic science and crime scenes. There are only 30 scene of crime investigators in Ireland and only 3 in the south east. He told us where to search for fingerprints and how to get them. The point of entry is one of the best places to look. He also said places that are shiny, such as a biscuit tin, are good for finding fingerprints , places such as walls are better for finding D.N.A. He said that there are 7 billion people in the world and every one of them have different fingerprints and each person has a different print on each finger. Every one has different D.N.A, even identical twins are different. Their D.N.A might be 95% the same but siblings might only be 50% the same. He told us ‘Every contact leaves clues’ he also explained that it takes 3 days to find out whose D.N.A it is. He told us he could tell us where we were sitting by our fibres . He got a girl up and printed her fingerprints. At the end he asked who would like to become a forensic scientist and the majority of the class wanted to!
by Emma and Kellie
Last week we worked in groups to create dances. In each group there were 2-4 people. In our group there were Jeremy, Adam, Brónagh and Ben. Jeremy mixed music together for us and we danced to ‘Watch Me Whip’, ‘Wiggle, Wiggle’, ‘Macarena’ and ‘Swish Swish Bish’.
We made a water filter in our science class . We were only allowed to use certain materials to make it . The materials we used were cotton wool, clean stones , dirty water, a jar, coffee filter, sand and a funnel. The aim was to have clean water at the end. It went extremely well and the water was very clean . Adam, Ben, Holly and Joey had great fun.
Thanks to Mr Threadgold, everyone enjoyed whipped ice cream on 27th June. There were shrieks of delight as Mr Whippy pulled into the school car park. Having patiently waited their turn, the children sat on the grass eating ice cream in glorious sunshine. It was a great way to end the school year!
On the 29th of March, 6th Class took part in some wheelchair activities. Joanne Wall brought in some sporting wheelchairsWe played activities that included going in and out through cones and rolling a dice, the first team to get to 30 won. We worked in teams of 5 or 6. There were 5 teams, team 2 won the tournament!!! We all really enjoyed it. It gave us a great insight into what it is like to be in a wheelchair.
By Shane and Luke
Sixth class have chosen Morphcord as our Junior Entrepreneur enterprise product. Morphcord is a multi use cord. We have made keychains and bracelets. They are available from sixth class and cost €3 or two for €5. You can customise them with your name for €3 each. There is no discount for customised products.