Dublin Science Festival

Click on the link below for information on ‘The Festival of Curiosity’ taking place in the RDS from 25th-29th of July. This unique event will provide an opportunity for parents, families and the public to interact with science as a cultural activity outside of the academic year.

Dublin Science Festival

Experimenting with magnets: 2nd Class Room 11

Today we learned a little about magnets and how they work. We found out that they only attract certain types of metal, like iron, cobalt and nickel.

Magnets have two poles, one north and one south. Through experimentation of magnets we were able to show that opposite poles will attract, and same poles will repel each other.

We also tested the ability of magnets to work through various materials. We used paper clips and tested to see if the magnets were working through cotton, tin foil, wood, card, plastic and also water. After testing them we then recorded and discussed our results. We had a lot of fun experimenting with magnets.

2nd Class Seomra 12 – Forces

Push and Pull Forces

We made a balloon rocket in science today. We learned that a force is a push or a pull. Force gives an object the energy to move, stop moving, or change direction.

How does our balloon rocket work?

It’s all about the movement of air inside the balloon. As the air rushes out of the balloon, it creates a forward motion called thrust. Thrust is a pushing force created by energy. In the balloon experiment, our thrust comes from the energy of the balloon forcing the air out. In a real rocket, thrust is created by the force of burning rocket fuel as it blasts from the rockets engine – as the engines blast down, the rocket goes up!

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You will need:

1 balloon
1 long piece of kite string
1 plastic straw
Measuring tape


1. Tie one end of the string to a chair.

2. Put the other end of the string through the straw.

3. Pull the string tight and hold onto this end.

4. Blow up the balloon. Don’t tie it. Pinch/twist the end of the balloon and tape it to the straw.

5. You’re ready for launch!

After we had our rockets tested we went about measuring the distance that each rocket traveled. The maximum distance that the balloon could travel was 3 metres = 300cm.

Oval Balloon: Traveled 2 metres & 30cm = 230cm.

Cyclinder Balloon: Travelled 3 metre = 300cm.

Sphere Ballon: Travelled 3 metre = 300cm.

After discussing the test we decided that we needed to have longer kite string available for the test since two balloons reached the maximum length available. Also, we said that we could not be sure if it was a fair test since we didn’t know how many breathes went into blowing it up each time. We decided that we would use a pump to complete the test again in the next couple of weeks and post our results again then. We can’t wait for this investigation to continue.

RDS Primary Science Fair 2013 – 4th Class

Over the next few days we will update you and tell you all about the project we presented at the Science Fair. We were very lucky to be picked to take part and we worked very hard.

Last week in 4th class we went to the Young Scientist Fair in the RDS to present our project on pulley systems. We left school at 7:45am on Friday 11th January and returned at 5:30pm. We had a fantastic day and learned so much.

We will tell you a little bit about our project now.

Our Project

Firstly Miss O’Donnell gave us a set of questions. We were split up into groups and had to discuss answers to the questions. You can see the questions and answers on our display.

After that we discussed it as a class, we watched a video about single fixed pulleys and single movable pulleys.

Then each group were given six blocks. We had to try to move the big red block that we were given. After that we had to stack two blocks on top of the red block and try to move it without them falling. We couldn’t do it but then a boy in our class called Trofim came up with the idea of the pulley.

Some people made homemade pulleys and then we found out if you use a thick rope on the pulley it would fall off the spool .Then there were five people that went out with a teacher and tried to find everyday objects that used pulley systems.

We watched this video about NASA. We saw that even NASA uses pulleys that can hold up to 300,000 kg and they have 3 of them .They use the pulleys for pulling the rocket up and down .The rocket weighs 200,000 kg

We hope you enjoy our project as much as we did!

“The Cow”

The friendly cow all red and white,

I love with all my heart.

She gives me cream with all her might

To eat with apple tart.


She wanders lowing here and there,

And yet she cannot stray.

All in the pleasant open air,

The pleasant light of day.


And blown by all the winds that pass

And wet with all the showers.

She walks among the meadow grass

And eats the meadow flowers.

                        Robert Louis Stevenson

1st Class Science Workshop

On Wednesday March 14th, a scientist came in to work with us. He made ice-cream with Room 10 and he helped us to make our very own indoor volcanoes! We had a great time and got very very messy!! These volcanoes are so easy to make, you can even make them at home! Try it!

We used a biscuit tin, water, flour, baking soda, vinegar, drinks bottle, washing up liquid and food colouring. First we mixed the flour and water together with our hands to make a thick paste, then we pressed and moulded this to the outside of the drinks bottle.

One person poured some washing up liquid into the volcano. Next, we added some food colouring, some groups used red, green AND yellow!! We took turns pouring baking soda and then a little vinegar into the top of the volcano too. What do you think happened next? That’s right, our volcanoes erupted!! The mixture inside the volcano came bubbling out of the top and spilling all over! The volcanoes were great fun to make, though very messy!

Room 9 and Room 10 went out to the yard to see some more science experiments; we watched excitedly as the scientist made lots of loud explosions , it was brilliant! We all think we’d like to become a scientist when we are older!

Check out our photos to see how amazing it was!

6th Class – Rm 6 – By Oisín It’s a Solid… It’s a Liquid… It’s Oobleck

Ooblek is sticky mixture.It contains corn flour and water.I went home and was making play doh with my brother at home for the engineering project called Technology  for life. He mentioned a substance called ooblek. It is sort of like quick sand. When you poke it quickly it will feel like a solid but when you poke it slowly the ooblek it let you go to the bottom. That is because of pressure when you poke it quick all the corn flour particles are forced together but when you poke it slowly the corn flour particles  have time to move out of the way. Ooblek, quicksand and silly putty are all non-Newtonian fluids. This name comes from a Dr Seuss book called Bartholomew and the Ooblek.  

I brought in some corn flour and Miss O’Donnell let me share this experiment with my class. We carried out the experiment in class and here are some pictures.

1st Class make a great team!

Here in room 9, we love to work together and are great at helping one another; we have done lots of great activities involving teamwork. We have shown that we have great co-operation skills when we had to listen to the group leaders to untangle our groups and also when we had to listen carefully and follow the instruction of the Pattern Makers (these children told us what order to stand in to make a boy-girl-boy pattern of children). We did a great miming activity on showing and exploring feelings. We had to pretend to give someone a present, they had to use their facial expressions to react to the present without making any noise, it was really funny!