Feb
06
Filed Under (3rd Class, Green Schools, Science) by Niamh OSullivan on 06-02-2018

BT YOUNG SCIENTIST AND TECHNOLOGY EXHIBITION

By Cian Ó Cadhla 3rd class

I was lucky enough to go to BTYSTE 2018 this year. It was held in the RDS in Ballsbridge, Dublin. My brother and sister applied to enter their projects and they were successful! They are both students in Ard Scoil na Mara and entered different projects. As you can imagine our house has been very, very busy for the last few months!  I went to Dublin with my family to support them on the 12th of January.

The exhibition was on from the 11th to the 13th January. The first thing I saw when I when I entered the RDS was a huge exhibition hall full of projects.  There were hundreds of people visiting the RDS. There were interesting things that weren’t projects too.

I interviewed some young people that were part of the BT young scientist and technology exhibition. I chose some projects that I thought the Green Team would be interested in.

I interviewed my brother, Conor, a former member of the Glór Na Mara Green Team.  He is in TY.

Please have a look at my questions and the replies of the entrants!

Q1.  “What is your project about?”

“My project is a study into the awareness of Haemochromatosis in Ireland.”

Q2. “What were the results?”  

There is a very low awareness of the condition in Ireland.”

I interviewed yet another former member of the Green Team, Róisín(my  sister) and her friends.

Q1.”What is your project about?”

“My project is about the sexist conditioning of children through TV and film”

Q2.”What were the results?”

“70% of kids picked up on the clear and blatant sexism but less than half picked up on it disguised as a joke”

I interviewed a boy about his project.

Q1.”What is your project about?”

I am trying to see what people think and how they use the town park.”

Q2.”What were the results?”

“I compared two parks and found that one was busier than the other.”

I interviewed three girls about their project.

Q1.”What is your project about?”

“Our project is about Organic food and what people think organic means”

Q2.”What were the results?” “3/10 of people said organic means healthy, 3/10 said natural and 4/10 said no chemicals.”

I interviewed two girls about their project. You will see them in the photos!

Q1 “What is your project about?”

“Our project is about plastic pollution and bottle deposit refund scheme.”

Q2.”There was a lot of awareness of animal deaths caused by plastic pollution.”

I interviewed three girls about their project. Check out their photo!

Q1. “What is your project about?”

“We tested if people with two languages are better at puzzles and brain games.”

Q2 “What were the results?”

“We found out that people with two languages were better at brain games and puzzles”

I interviewed three boys about their project.

Q1. “What is your project about?”

“It’s an environmental project encouraging people to bring their own cups to cafes.”

Q2. “What were the results?” 68% of people said they wanted 10% off if they kept their carbon cups”

I interviewed two girls about their project.

Q1. “What is your project about?”  

“Our project is about using insects as a reliable food source.”

Q2. “What were the results?” “Insects are 66% nutrition, and chicken is 16%, so insects would be a good food source.”

I interviewed a girl about her project.

Q1. “What is your project about?”

“My project is testing if birds can predict the weather” Q2.”What were the results?” “Yes, birds can predict the weather”

I interviewed three girls about their project.

Q1.”What is your project about?”

Our project is about the effects on bees’ health from different materials”

Q2. “Why are bees so important?” “Bees are very important for pollination”Q3. “What were the results?” “Based on temperature and humidity, the polystyrene hive was better”

I interviewed the overall winner Simon! I shook his hand and congratulated him on his fantastic achievement!

Q1 “What is your project about?” I asked him.

“My project is an investigation of the antimicrobial effects of the aerial and root parts of selected plants against Staphylococcus aureus.

Q2  “How do you feel about winning?” “Ecstatic.  Totally ecstatic.”

 

I really enjoyed visiting the exhibition. I hope, some day, to follow Róisín and Conor’s footsteps. Please have a look at the photos I took. I hope you enjoy them.

 

Dec
17
Filed Under (5th Class, Green Schools, Science) by Mr. Ó Cathasaigh on 17-12-2017

Dr. Úna Fitzpatrick talking to Rang 5 and our Green Schools team.

Last Tuesday, we were delighted to welcome a biodiversity expert into our classroom.  Dr. Úna Fitzpatrick works in the National Biodiversity Data Centre and has been very involved in the creation of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan.  She came in to us (with the support of the Tramore Eco Group) to speak to us specifically about bees – how important they are to us, and how best we can help them along too!

All-Ireland Pollinator Plan

So bees – they make honey, right?  Actually, only one type of bee in Ireland makes honey, but there are 98 other species of bee that help us through their pollination work.  Dr. Fitzpatrick told us about their life cycle, where they like to nest and what flowers they like to feed on (did you know that purple is a bee’s favourite colour?).  She also told us that many of our bee species are under threat because how we garden and how we grow our food means that they have less to feed on at important times of their life cycle.

Bee Friendly Tramore

At the end of her talk, Dr. Fitzpatrick talked to us about what we could do to help our pollinators.  Small things like not cutting the grass so often in summer can make a big difference, letting wild flowers like clover pop their flowers out.  Also, dandelions are a really important source of food for queens in the early spring – so let them grow!

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Over the next few months, we hope to work with the Tramore Eco Group, Tramore Tidy Towns and Waterford Council to put some of these ideas into action both in our school and around our beautiful town.  If Tramore is such a wonderful place for people, why not make it a great place for pollinators as well?  Many thanks to Dr. Fitzpatrick for her time and the Tramore Eco Group for helping to organise.  And hey – they don’t actually want to sting us!

Question Time!

Oct
26
Filed Under (Classes, Green Schools) by Niamh OSullivan on 26-10-2017
Sep
29
Filed Under (6th Class, Green Schools) by Niamh OSullivan on 29-09-2017

Tramore Tidy Towns received the national SuperValu Youth Award at the TidyTowns Awards.

http://www.waterford-today.ie/waterford-lifestyle/11137-tramore-tidy-towns-winners-supervalu-youth-award-11137.html

Congratulations to all involved.

Jun
23
Filed Under (6th Class, Green Schools, Sports) by Niamh OSullivan on 23-06-2017
Jun
20
Filed Under (5th Class, 6th Class, Green Schools, Sports) by Niamh OSullivan on 20-06-2017

Jun
14
Filed Under (3rd Class, Green Schools) by Niamh OSullivan on 14-06-2017
Mark from Biodiversity in Schools came to speak to the third classes about biodiversity. First, we played some fun animal games to get warmed up. Then, he talked about bees and their needs. It was very interesting because recently, we discovered a honeycomb in our school garden! We talked about how bees made honey and watched a video about collecting pollen.
   Mark showed us the inside of a hive and the honey that his bees made- it was so cool! Alex dressed up as a beekeeper.Then, we went outside and caught three bumblebees. Afterwards, we made our own pots for planting sunflower seeds from newspaper. Today, we all planted sunflowers for the bees.
by Erin and Faye
May
31
Filed Under (4th Class, Green Schools) by Niamh OSullivan on 31-05-2017

On the 24th of May, my class and I went to W.I.T. (Waterford Institute of Technology). The reason we went was because it was Biodiversity Week in W.I.T. We arrived by coach with the other 4th class. We all went into the auditorium with two other schools. The room was buzzing with excitement as we were going to meet the great bird expert Eric Dempsey himself! We learned many interesting facts about multiple birds.For example, did you know that a barn owl can fly silently thanks to it’s special feathers? Or that the quetzal and widow bird have the longest tails of all birds. He also showed us a real barn owl wing, two goldfinch wings and lots of feathers. Some of the feathers were very big like the swan’s feather, and some were very small like the robin’s feather. We learned many facts and when we got back, we were all in agreement that we had a fantastic trip meeting Eric Dempsey.

Lexi, 4th Class
May
12
Filed Under (Green Schools) by Niamh OSullivan on 12-05-2017
Mar
01
Filed Under (4th Class, Green Schools) by Niamh OSullivan on 01-03-2017

Spring is here! The students in 4th class used recycled milk cartons to plant daffodil bulbs. Take a look!!

Nov
18
Filed Under (4th Class, Green Schools, Science) by Niamh OSullivan on 18-11-2016

The boys and girls in 4th class went on a leaf/seed hunt and planted daffodil bulbs for spring. They used recycled milk cartons to plant the bulbs in.

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Jun
20
Filed Under (Classes, Green Schools) by Niamh OSullivan on 20-06-2016
Jun
20
Filed Under (Classes, Green Schools) by Niamh OSullivan on 20-06-2016
May
26
Filed Under (5th Class, Green Schools) by Niamh OSullivan on 26-05-2016

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On May 19th Ellie, James and Zack went on a trip to Cork with our two lovely teachers Ms.Hearne and Ms.Phelan to represent the school and our class mates for the Our World Irish Aid regional finals. When we got to Cork we registered ourselves and our project, but, we were around 30 mins early so we went to the historical English Market and Ellie, James and Zack got some chocolate fudge cake and water and our two lovely teachers got a scone and coffee.

When the 30 mins was over, we got back to the Triskel Arts Centre to show some other teachers our project, then we got seated and a person from Irish Aid called Michael taught us a dance and a song in Swahili. Then a guy named Tom taught us another dance. After we learned the great dance we went back to our stations for a while and then we were called back up to the stage and the plaques were awarded to all the schools for getting as far as they did.

After the plaques were handed out Tom announced the three national finalists that were going to Dublin and Glor Na Mara were one of the names announced! The excitement of the three representatives and our two lovely teachers was astonishing because we had not just got to the regional’s we had qualified for the nationals in Dublin Castle! After all the excitement we were led out on to the grass and got our picture taken by a photographer and after the pictures we were interviewed by a man called David and we were questioned by a girl from Irish Aid called Shannon. After the interview we went back to the English Market and we got some strawberries and Oreo cake and then walked back to the car and went on the one and a half hour trip back to school.

Our day in Cork was un-imaginary. When we first arrived we were nervous and excited all at the same time! We thought that only girls could multi-task!!!

Then we had a bit of a trip to the English Market for a bit of lunch (lunch was tasty!!!) truthfully it wasn’t lunch it was cake!

We encourage other children to take part in the Our World Irish Aid Awards because it is nice to know about other people in the world and think how lucky we are and then to help each other and promote the SDGs!

When we heard that Glor na Mara were heading to the finals in Dublin we were on cloud 9!! (And we are pretty sure the teachers were too!)

By: Ellie, James and Zack

5th Class

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May
16
Filed Under (Classes, Green Schools) by Niamh OSullivan on 16-05-2016

On Tuesday 10th May, we went to Kilkenny; we were going to get our sixth green flag for global citizenship, litter and waste. In our school and class room we learned and promoted the UN Global Goals. We ran campaigns like Walk to school, No waste day and Good Health Day. In our class we focussed on the SDG 13 Climate Action and SDG 3 Good Health and Wellbeing.

It was a rainy day. We were all excited for the day .When we arrived at Hotel Kilkenny, it was huge. We parked the car and went into the lobby. We saw many other schools from Waterford and Kilkenny. We went down stairs to find many tables. We sat down and had lunch and dessert. The meal was very nice. We then went upstairs to receive our sixth green flag. We got our picture taken with the tree of hope. Then we sat down. There were many schools there from Waterford and Kilkenny. When we were called up we got our sixth green flag. We felt proud to get to go up and represent our school by taking the flag and receive a flag for global citizenship. We had a great day.

By Mia & Scott  5th class

 

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