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)
Our Split the Pot fundraiser is commencing this week. Envelopes will be sent home in every child’s bag this evening. Cost of entry is €2 and additional envelopes will be available from Kathleen’s office. All entries should be placed in the blue box outside Kathleen’s office. Our first draw will take place on Thursday morning. Winners will be announced on our Facebook page, our Parents Noticeboard and will be contacted directly. Good luck everyone!
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