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.

 

Jan
25
Filed Under (5th Class, Science) by Niamh OSullivan on 25-01-2018

The scientists in 5th class created their own indicators using red cabbage. They then tested substances to see if they were an acid or a base. The experiment was fun…apart from the smell!!

Jan
25
Filed Under (3rd Class, Science) by Niamh OSullivan on 25-01-2018
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!

Image result for bee and dandelion

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!

Dec
05
Filed Under (3rd Class, Geography, History, Science, Uncategorized) by Ms. Dreelan on 05-12-2017

We have been learning about Egypt and the Ancient Egyptians. We made pyramids using cocktail sticks and marshmallows!

For fun, we got together in our literacy groups and we challenged eachother to see who could make the tallest tower. Group 1 won – their tower measured 30cm in height! Well done Helenka, Isaac, Christopher and April!

Nov
20
Filed Under (1st Class, 5th Class, Science) by Niamh OSullivan on 20-11-2017

5th class were the teachers this week in Glór na Mara for Science Week 2017. They set up a variety of science experiments for their ‘buddies’ in 1st class. Take a look at what they got up to!

Nov
20
Filed Under (Classes, Science) by Niamh OSullivan on 20-11-2017
Nov
19
Filed Under (5th Class, Science) by Mr. Ó Cathasaigh on 19-11-2017

We were celebrating science week this week in the school, and so we decided to go all out.  You can’t say this isn’t rocket science – because *it is* rocket science!

We constructed our foam rockets on Thursday, and tried to answer the question, “What’s the best angle to launch our rockets at?”  However, when we reflected on our tests, we realised there were just two many ways our experiment could go wrong.  How could we measure the angle of launch accurately?  How could we be sure we pulled the elastic back to the same length?  There were just too many variables….

And so, the Launchamatron 3000 was born!

We took our results back to the classroom, did some averages to smooth out our results, and mapped our information onto a trend graph.  Turns out 45 degrees is the best launch angle!

Nov
15
Filed Under (Science, Senior Infants) by Niamh OSullivan on 15-11-2017
Nov
15
Filed Under (5th Class, Science) by Niamh OSullivan on 15-11-2017
Oct
13
Filed Under (5th Class, Science) by Niamh OSullivan on 13-10-2017

May
10
Filed Under (4th Class, Science) by Niamh OSullivan on 10-05-2017
Apr
03
Filed Under (4th Class, Science) by Niamh OSullivan on 03-04-2017
Nov
29
Filed Under (5th Class, Science, Senior Infants) by Niamh OSullivan on 29-11-2016

For science week, we held a science fair for our buddy class, Ms. Halley’s senior infants. There were FOUR stations; the submarine station, the skittles station, the blue rocket station and the floating and sinking station.

At the submarine station we created our own submarines that could rise and sink in the water. At the skittle station we created a rainbow on a plate using skittles and hot water. At the rocket station we attached a string at the end of two chairs, blew up a balloon and stuck it to the string. We then let out all of the air out of the balloon and it flew across the string like a rocket! The floating and sinking station was great fun but very messy as we investigated which objects would float and which would sink. The senior infants really enjoyed themselves and so did we.

BY HARRY EGERTON AND J.P. O BRIEN

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Nov
28
Filed Under (2nd Class, Art, Science) by Niamh OSullivan on 28-11-2016