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GLOBE Investigation

By Jack 5th Class

Hi! Did you know that we are damaging our planet because of cars and air pollution? Well keep reading because I will tell you what we can do to help.

5th class at St. Clare’s did a project on Air Pollution. We put test tubes around our school to measure NO2 levels. After one month we sent the test tubes to be analysed in a laboratory in England. 

We found out that the air pollution levels decreased compared to last year’s levels. We think this is because of Covid-19 travel restrictions and less traffic on the road. 

So let’s try and keep these levels low. How can we do this? Here are some ideas:

-Use the car less.

-Try walk, school or scoot.

-Plant flowers and trees.

St. Clare’s will run this test again in 2021. We know that the levels of air pollution will reduce again because clean air is really important to us. 

Together we can all make a big difference. 

The Globe Project

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.

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!

Testing Materials in 1st Class

In Ms. Ryan’s 1st Class we investigated different materials to see which ones were waterproof. We used Buster the puppet to help us. We predicted if the following materials were waterproof; rubber, cotton, nylon, plastic and tin-foil. We recorded our predictions.

We tested the materials by wrapping a piece of each one around Buster’s arm. Buster’s arm was dipped into the water for thirty seconds each time. We then checked to see if his arm was wet or dry. If his arm was dry it showed us that the material was waterproof. Sadly, poor Buster got wet when we tested the cotton, nylon and tin-foil as these are not waterproof. We would not recommend using these materials when making a raincoat.

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In Junior Infants we investigated different materials. We guessed which material would be best for building a house; straw, wood or bricks. We recorded our predictions.

We tested the materials by sqeezing, ripping, pulling them to see if we could break them. The children worked in groups and constructed houses made out of straw, wooden sticks or lego(plastic).  We learned about different types of materials (metal, wood, plastic)  and sorted them.

This experiment linked to the story, The Three Little Pigs.

Incredible Edibles – Senior Infants

This week we worked together to plant all of our seeds from Incredible Edibles! We now have such a variety of lovely fruits and vegetables growing in our garden. We sowed strawberries, potatoes, chives, lettuce, spinach and turnips. We will be busy caring for them over the coming weeks and can’t wait to watch them grow!

GLOBE Project

Our fourth and fifth classes were getting started with some cloud observations in preparation for our GLOBE project this year. GLOBE is a project run in conjunction with the EPA, An Taisce and ESERO, the European Space Agency.

The project monitors aerosols and air quality around the world. Our young scientists were practicing their skills at cloud observation and classification. They will be recording their results  online and sharing them with schools and scientists around the world.  Here you can see them hard at work.