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Science Week -Nov '21

Science Week is a week-long event in Ireland each November, celebrating science in our everyday lives. Science Week includes a wide variety of events involving industry, colleges, schools, libraries, teachers, researchers and students throughout Ireland. Science Week has a number of regional festivals offering a range of opportunities for the public to engage with STEM in across Ireland. This year it took place from the 7th to the 14th of November.

Here is a little taste of what we did:

Up, Up and Away

As part of Science Week, 3rd - 6th class took part in a kite designing workshop.

To begin with, they had a live STEM webinar with George from "Go fly your kite". This webinar focused on the history of flying, the physics of kites and the forces of nature. George was very entertaining and all the children were engaged throughout. Afterwards, every pupil got their own kite kit. They designed a picture on the front of the kite using the theme of Science Week as inspiration. Next it was time to assemble the kite. Every kite looked so colourful and unique and the children had a great time flying them outside.

We did a number of chemistry experiments in class.

  • We investigated the effect of putting washing up liquid into milk & food colouring.

  • We also made quicksand using cornflour and water.

  • We used a special soapy solution to make bubbles within bubbles on our desks.

  • We watched a live webinar on the night sky delivered by Blackrock Observatory.

  • 3rd to 6th class came together to carry out some group experiments which included making lighthouses, large bubbles, mirror writing and balloon rockets.

  • We did a Science trail around the school yard and had to answer a range of science questions. It was a great challenge and they learned new facts.

The infants were busy with daily experiments. They looked at

  • how clouds work

  • bacteria and how it grows on clean, dirty or sanitised hands

  • and lots more...

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