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.

 

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.

Fourth Class Friction

We had great fun in fourth class today investigating friction. We tested a variety of different surfaces to see which had the most friction. We rolled a toy car down a slope and and then measured the distance it travelled … Continue reading

This week in 5th Class, we have been investigating materials and their properties.

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Experiment 1: Does it Conduct or Insulate? Equipment: 2 Crocodile clips, 1 bulb, 1 bulb holder, 2 batteries, a battery holder, a match stick, a metal spoon, a pair scissors, a piece of tinfoil, a plastic spoon, a piece of … Continue reading

Science & Maths Exhibition

Final colur 2013 logo with theme

We hosted our annual Science Week exhibition of the pupils work today within the school and it was a great success. All pupils from the pre-school to the sixth class participated in the event and presented some fascinating science & mathematics work.  The pupils in the pre-school had molds from tarantulas and had a real tarantula as well. All the pupils wanted to bring him home, but unfortunately he had to go back to his own house. The pupils from sixth class conducted a number of surveys during the exhibition and then results of these will be posted in the coming days.

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Europe Day in First Class

On Thursday 9th of May, we celebrated Europe Day. We each picked a European country to do a project on. Gay Mitchell MEP, gave each of us a handbook about the members of the European Union. We used this to help us with our projects. We displayed our wonderful projects in the hall for Europe Day. There were lots of tables set up with different foods and lists of facts about that country. Each table had its national flag and the name of its country on it. We enjoyed finding out about the different countries and tasting the new foods.

 

We also took part in a European Handshake. We shook hands with one another in our class and said “Happy Europe Day” to one another. We were celebrating the diversity and solidarity within our classroom.

Data in Room 10

Last term in our class, we learned all about recording data on bar charts and pictographs. We were very interested in this so we decided to make our own graph to record the different ways that we each come to school. Once a week we record our results on the graph, then our teacher asks us some questions. Here are some of the questions she asks:

– How many children walked to school today?

– How many children cycled to school today?

– How many more children walked than drove?

– How many children altogether drove and took the bus?

– How many more children walked than took the bus?

Here is our graph from today, Thursday 24th of January:

data-transport 001      data-transport 002

First Class Pupil’s Favourite Colours

Third class are doing surveys at the moment. I did a survey in both  first classes of what each pupil’s favourite colour was. Here is the graph that I created. 

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Here are some questions that I would like you to answer:
1) What was the favourite colour in Ms. Gallagher’s class?
2) What was the least favourite colour in Ms. Gallagher’s class?
3) What was the favourite colour in Ms. Daly’s class?
4) What was the least favourite colour in Ms. Daly’s class?
5) Which colours had the same number of votes?
6) How many pupils voted for red in Ms. Gallagher’s class?
7) How many pupils voted for blue in Ms. Daly’s class?
8) How many pupils voted for orange altogether?
9) How many pupils voted in Ms. Daly’s class?
10) How many pupils voted in Ms. Gallagher’s class?
11) What was the number of pupils in Ms. Daly’s class and Ms. Gallagher’s class altogether?
12) How many pupils voted for yellow and pink in Ms. Gallagher’s class?