The Globe Project – 4th Class Room 6 and 5th Class Room 7

Today we completed cloud observations in groups. We examined the clouds in the sky and then some of us were given the opportunity to use the CALITOO. This instrument measures the amount of aerosols (particles) in the air. We hope to be uploading this data to the GLOBE website in the coming weeks. P1030922

GLOBE Project

Our fourth and fifth classes were getting started with some cloud observations in preparation for our GLOBE project this year. GLOBE is a project run in conjunction with the EPA, An Taisce and ESERO, the European Space Agency.

The project monitors aerosols and air quality around the world. Our young scientists were practicing their skills at cloud observation and classification. They will be recording their results  online and sharing them with schools and scientists around the world.  Here you can see them hard at work.

 

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Packaging Free Supermarket

This summer, I went to Berlin in Germany. Since we had learned about plastic and waste in the ocean, I decided to go to the packaging free supermarket – Berlin Unverpackt. It was quite small but you could still have a normal shop.

Cereal, fruit, bread, sweets, rice, pasta and drinks were all available to buy as well as jars for the food, wooden toothbrushes and hair brushes. You could bring along your own jar and fill it up with whatever you wanted. There were lots of bikes parked outside the shop and we saw a lot of people doing their shopping there.

It was really great to see so many people not buying so much packaging in their shop. Here is a photo of me outside the shop and a couple from inside as well.

By Isabel Kelly, 5th Class.

 

Harold’s Cross Nature Walk

Our fourth classes were delighted to get a chance to go on a nature walk last week in Harold’s Cross Park. We were invited to go on a walk by Dublin City Council and were guided around the park by a biologist called Éanna Ní Lamhna. She showed us some of the different trees in the park and the wildlife and insects that live amongst them. We saw lime trees, copper beeches, lodgepole pines, plum trees, 5 needle pines, holly trees and a handkerchief tree. We also learned some bird calls and heard a wren calling in the trees. It was great fun.