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.
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!
During Engineers Week 2020 , first class were set the challenge of designing an escape route for Rapunzel. They used the engineering design process to firstly think about and then draw a plan of their ideas. After that they used some of the classroom equipment to build their ideas in groups. Take a look at some of our ideas and inventions!
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.
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!
Sixth class were busy this week designing and making their own electric quiz. They had learned about circuits last week and put that knowledge into practice to make their own quiz. Fourth class had the opportunity to have a go at the quiz!
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.
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.
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.