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Globe Investigation


What are you breathing?

by Líadan 5th Class

Do you know what is in the air that you breathe in every day? At my school, St Clare’s, we decided to investigate.

Air pollution is harmful to the health of humans, animals and plants. It also affects the integrity of the atmosphere. Air pollution results from a variety of causes ranging from factories to spray cans.

We suspected that the main cause of air pollution in Harold’s Cross was vehicle traffic. We chose to measure NO2 (nitrogen dioxide). We placed test tubes in 6 areas to measure NO2. The results showed medium pollution levels in 3 areas and medium ‐ low in the other 3. We did all this thanks to the GLOBE project for schools.

I would encourage citizens to inform themselves about air quality by first looking up the EPA website. This shows results from air quality monitoring stations in different parts of the city. Next, for more detailed results, citizens could buy some cheap test kits funded through their community group. Sometimes universities do air quality research too, with citizens helping out.

So, find out the options in your area and club together as good citizens to investigate and make a change. If we schoolchildren can do it, you can too!

GLOBE Investigation

By Jack 5th Class

Hi! Did you know that we are damaging our planet because of cars and air pollution? Well keep reading because I will tell you what we can do to help.

5th class at St. Clare’s did a project on Air Pollution. We put test tubes around our school to measure NO2 levels. After one month we sent the test tubes to be analysed in a laboratory in England. 

We found out that the air pollution levels decreased compared to last year’s levels. We think this is because of Covid-19 travel restrictions and less traffic on the road. 

So let’s try and keep these levels low. How can we do this? Here are some ideas:

-Use the car less.

-Try walk, school or scoot.

-Plant flowers and trees.

St. Clare’s will run this test again in 2021. We know that the levels of air pollution will reduce again because clean air is really important to us. 

Together we can all make a big difference. 

The Globe Project

5th Class were delighted to submit their Globe Project last week. Our class studied the air quality around our school. We researched information about different air pollutants and the impact that they have on our environment.

We were given special test tubes to measure the level of NO2 at different locations in our school: the school gate, the staff car park and the school garden. We were really surprised by our results and it is clear that the hard work of our Green School Committee and students is helping to improve the air quality around our school.

We hope that our results below will encourage everyone to be more mindful about air pollution. We are looking forward to learning more about air pollutants and continuing to keep our school as green as can be.

6th Class, Room 5 Egg Drop Challenge

This week Sixth Class had to put their engineering caps on and complete the EGG DROP CHALLENGE!!

The objective was to design a landing craft that would protect an egg from cracking or breaking from a high fall. Each student had to design, build and test their landing craft for homework. They made them using a variety of materials, such as, show boxes, pillows, plastic bags and popcorn.  Many students also made parachutes and wings to help their landing craft.

We had great fun testing them and checking to see whether our eggs ‘survived’ the drop. In the end, we only broke three eggs!

Have a look at some of our EGG-CELLENT landing crafts!

Junior Infants observe the signs of Spring around St.Clare’s.

Junior Infants are learning all about Spring in Science and Geography this month. We are so blessed to be able to look out our classroom window and see the budding signs of Spring. There are daffodils, snowdrops, crocuses and lots more starting to appear. We decided that instead of looking out the window, we put on our coats and set off on a Spring walk.

We explored the natural environment around St. Clare’s and got to see all of the Spring flowers. Some of the flowers were in the early stages of growth and some had already blossomed. Looking at all the new flowers and all the colours brought us such joy. We even got an extra surprise when Kevin brought us to see some tadpoles. There were tadpoles hiding in the pond in one of our smaller garden areas in St. Clare’s. It was so much fun taking our learning experience outside and watching nature first hand. 

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Engineers Week 5th Class

5th class in Room 7 have been working hard in preparation for the Globe project. We are investigating air pollution around our school. We are waiting for the results of our investigation from the research laboratory. To help us with our investigation we decided to construct a wind vane and a wind anemometer. We worked together in groups to plan and construct our chosen project. We’re looking forward to using our constructions as part of the Globe project.