# STEM Launch with the Minister of Education

We were honoured to have the Minister of Education Richard Bruton launch the policy and implementation plan for STEM in education in Ireland. Minister Bruton had the chance to talk to come of the students about what they have been learning in science and maths. Here are a few pictures from the day.

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# 2nd class Investigates :The Science of Sound

Experiment 1: Count the Taps!

What were we investigating?

Do sound waves travel better through a gas or a solid?

What did we do?

We learned that the air that we talk through is a gas and it can be interfered with by things like the wind.

We tested to see if we could count a tapping noise more clearly if we listened with our ear on the desk.

What did we learn?

In a solid you can hear the sound waves clearly. We weren’t sure however, if they were clearer.

Experiment  2: Making Rice Jump

What were we investigating?

Can we see sound waves at work?

What did we do?

We placed some cling film over a bowl and then placed some rice on top of the cling film. We then banged a drum close to the rice to see if the sound waves could make the rice jump.

What did we learn?

Even from a distance away the sound waves travelled from the drum hit the cling film and made the rice jump. Even though they are invisible we can see the force moving the rice.

Experiment  3: String Phones

What were we investigating?

Can we make a “phone” to send a message from our class across the front of the school to Mr Scott’s room (Room 5)?

What did we do?

Step 1: We designed and made our own string phone’s and tested them to see if they worked.

One group tried putting two strings in their phone.(It didn’t seem  to work any better)

Step 2: We measured to see how far apart our phones stretched and we tested to see if the sound got weaker on the longest phones.

Step 3: We then made another test string phone 4 metres long and we tested to see if it still worked.

Step 4: We measured the distance from our classroom to Mr Scott’s using a trundle wheel. It was  21 metres and 61 centimetres window to window.

Step 5: We made our new extra-long string phone. We sent a group down to Room 5  to listen for the message and left  two children in our class to call  it out.  Nobody but the callers knew the message (It was: “ Ireland are going to win!”).

Step 6: We  decided to do a final test to see if we could “listen in” on the line between the two classrooms.

What did we learn?

We learned lots but the most important bits are:

• The string has to be pulled tight for the phone to work well
• Putting two strings on the phone might actually make it harder to hear a message.
• The quality of the phone does not diminish between 1 and 4 metres.
• On a very long string- phone the message isn’t as clear as on a short one but we were still able to  work  out the message that was transmitted.
• By attaching another string to the main line we can “listen in”.

# Science Week in Senior Infants!

We have loved doing lots of experiments this week for science week! We have been busy exploring different materials that float and sink. We predicted, tested and recorded our results. We especially loved doing the “Dancing Raisins” experiment and designing our own boats! We tested our boats by counting how many “passengers” it could hold before sinking.

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# Peace Day

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Today was world peace day. We united with people around the world by singing together. We as a school added our voices to the global choir for peace “One Day One Choir”.

# Senior Infants Autumn Nature Walk

Today we explored our school grounds to identify signs of Autumn all around us. We loved collecting different coloured leaves and lots of nuts. We also visited our outdoor classroom. It was great fun!

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# Senior Infants Room 2- Autumn Trees

We really enjoyed using crepe paper to create our Autumn Trees using the colours of yellow, orange, red and brown.

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# Planting in First Class

Today we had great fun planting runner beans and dwarf beans. We were investigating how the root and shoot grow. We can’t wait to see the results.

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