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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
We investigated which butter or margarine would go off first. Materials Zip lock bags Spoon Butter/Margarine (Pure homemade butter, Dairy gold butter, Dairy gold Original Flora, Low Low, Benecol, Heavenly Buttery, Stork margarine) Our Hypothesis Pure butter will go … Continue reading →