This year our class entered the Intel Mini Scientist Competition and our group was lucky enough to be selected to go to the Regional Finals. Our group’s topic was hydraulics, more specifically hydraulic bridges. We chose this topic because last year two people from our
group went to the previous regional final and three other groups did hydraulic arms and we had an interest in the science behind hydraulics. We decided to investigate hydraulic bridges.
At first we found it very difficult to construct the bridge and came across quite a few problems but after a while we figured it out. In November three judges from Intel came in and judged all the classes’ projects. Our group was lucky enough to be selected to go to the Regional Final! In preparation for the Regional Final we decided to make another bridge out of balsa wood. In December our group went to Blanchardstown IT and after a long day of presenting we made it to the National Finals in Maynooth. We were delighted when we found out we were in the top 1% in Ireland. Then the awards were announced but unfortunately we didn’t we win anything but were still extremely proud of ourselves.
Well done to all the pupils who participated in the Easter Bonnet Parade yesterday. There were some fabulous creations and a lot of children used the marine environment as their inspiration. Congratulations to all the boys and girls who won most creative and best use of recycled materials.
It was such a treat for the school to have the Moynihan visit our school yesterday. They played two concerts, one for Junior Infants to 2nd Class and another for 3rd-6th classes. Our Irish dancers also had the honour of performing with the Moynihan’s.
We were honoured to have the Minister of Education Richard Bruton launch the policy and implementation plan for STEM in education in Ireland. Minister Bruton had the chance to talk to come of the students about what they have been learning in science and maths. Here are a few pictures from the day.
We have had a busy week taking part in the different activities for European Week of Sport. To finish the week off today, 6th class took on the teachers in tug of war. The teachers need to work on their strength as 6th class beat them 2-1. Congratulations 6th class!