SEAI One Good Idea Competition

We were thrilled to win the runners up prize in the SEAI One Good Idea Competition for our Scooter Train.  We had a fantastic day at the awards ceremony in Dublin castle and were amazed by all the excellent ideas from schools around the country who also presented on the day.

 

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Geo-domes in 2nd class

We constructed a Geodesic Dome in class. First, we made 3D structures using toothpicks and Plasticine to see which structure would be the strongest to use. We found that triangular structures worked best. We made lots of triangles using rolled newspaper and taped them together. We had to make sure that each one was the same length. We attached an oxygen supply to our Dome. We found out lots of fun facts about life on the moon!

Engineering Week 2019- 4th Class Room 12

For ‘Engineering Week 2019’, we have been learning about different types of engineers and their various roles.

After discovering some really interesting facts, we were tasked with an engineering challenge of our own!

We had to work as an engineer to design and construct a rubber band powered car.

We began by exploring our materials (cardboard, axles, wheels, elastic band, paper clip) and planning our design.

Then we moved onto the construction stage. This involved folding the cardboard into a box shape (also known as a chassis) and fitting the axles through the front and rear holes on the chassis. Next, we had to fit wheels to the end of each axel. Finally, we had to wrap the rubber band around the rear axle and then attach the rubber band to a fixed position on the front axle of the car.

Although we found it rather difficult to fit the rubber bands, we eventually managed to complete the design.

The final part of our challenge required us to test the rubber band car.

To do so ,we hand to wind up the real axle that was attached to the rubber band and then let it go. This caused the car to move forward.

Our conclusion:

When you wind up the car’s axle you stretch the rubber band and store potential energy. When you release it the rubber band starts to unwind, and the potential energy is converted to kinetic energy as the car is propelled forward.

 

 

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.

Designing parachutes in 3rd class

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We had great fun creating and testing our own parachutes in 3rd Class! Each group in the class decided to test a different material when making their parachutes to see which material worked the best. The materials used included tissue, paper, tracing paper, plastic, cardboard and fabric. We discovered that plastic worked the best and gave our pencil passenger the safest, steadiest landing! We also decided to test parachutes of different sizes. We discovered that the larger the surface area of the parachute, the more air resistance it will encounter. This means that larger parachutes will fall more slowly than smaller parachutes.