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!

Do Pulley Systems Make Things Lighter?

This year in 6th class for the RDS Science Blast we decided to investigate pulley systems. First we made a single fixed pulley system but discovered that it made no difference to the weight. Then we made a multiple fixed pulley system. We calculated that there was a mechanical advantage of 1.8 with this method. Next we made a multiple pulley system using a movable pulley and a fixed pulley. This had the biggest mechanical advantage 3. Finally we wanted make a structure used in everyday life so we decided on a crane. We made the crane out of modelling wood and used 3 fixed pulleys and 1 moveable pulley. We also made a handle out of an old pencil which attaches to the pulleys and makes the crane work when you wind it. We really enjoyed doing this project.

 

 

 

Hydraulic Bridge

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.

Intel Mini Scientist Fair 2017

Our class completed a project on the Respiratory System. Four of us were chosen to attend the Intel Mini Scientist Fair in Blanchardstown IT on the 8th of December 2017 to represent St. Clare’s Primary School. We had great fun presenting our project and got to look at interesting projects from other schools as well.

 

STEM Launch with the Minister of Education

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.

 

 

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The Respiratory System – 5th Class Room 7

We investigated the respiratory system for the science exhibition.

First of all we learned how we breathe and the parts involved in the respiratory system.

We then carried out two experiments: How to Make a Model Set of Lungs and How to Measure Your Lung Capacity.

How To Make a Model Set of Lungs

Equipment needed:

A 2 litre bottle, 2 balloons, blue tack, a rubber glove, sellotape.

Method:

Step 1: First, cut a 2 litre bottle in half.

Step 2: Next, place a straw into a balloon and use sellotape to stick it on. Ensure that there is no air getting through. This will represent our trachea and our lung.

Step 3: Repeat step 2 as we have 2 lungs.

Step 4: Then, place the two lungs through the top of the bottle and secure using blue tack. Again, make sure that there is no air getting through.

Step 5: After that, place a rubber glove on the bottom part of the bottle.

Step 6: Finally, pull down on the rubber glove to show the air coming into the lungs and going out of the lungs.

What We Have Learned:

  • The diaphragm moves down when we breathe in to make room for air in the lungs.
  • The diaphragm moves up when we breathe out pushing out the air.
  • The diaphragm is an important muscle in our breathing system.

How to Measure Your Lung Capacity

Equipment needed:

Permanent marker, 5 litre bottle, basin, plastic tubing

Method:

Step 1: First, using a permanent marker, mark off a 5 litre bottle into 250 millimeter intervals.

Step 2: Next, fill the bottle up with water.

Step 3: Then, place a piece of tubing into the bottle.

Step 4: Ask your friend for some help in placing the bottle into a half filled basin of water. Ensure it is placed in the sink in case there is an over spillage of water.

Step 5: After that, place the tubing in your mouth. Taking an ordinary breath, blow out as much water as you can.

Step 6: Record, in millimeters, how much water you have blown out of the bottle.

Step 7: Then, fill up the bottle again. This time take a deep breath and blow into the bottle.

Step 8: Record, in millimeters, how much water you have blown out of the bottle.

Step 9: Do 15 minutes exercise a day for two and a half weeks.

Step 10: Finally, repeat Steps 2-8 after two and a half weeks.

What We Have Learned:

  • Two people from our class measured their lung capacity before and after 15 minutes of exercise over two and a half weeks
  • The results showed that their lung capacity had increased after two and a half weeks

We also carried out our own research about the respiratory system. This included information about; Smoking and the Lungs, How the Respiratory Works with Other Systems in the Body and Asthma.

Science Week 2017

Check out the pictures from Science Week!

 

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What a wonderful week we had! Pupils, teachers and parents all got a chance to participate in the exciting activities throughout the week.