STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)

STEP 1: Science

Investigation 1 – 4th Class – Ms Ryan

Planets

Research and Presentation

 

Ms Ryan’s 4th class completed wonderful projects on the the planets. The children worked in groups and researched their chosen planet using the school laptops. They compiled the information and pictures into booklets that were then presented to the class. They also completed a fantastic wall display!

Investigation 2 – 3rd Class – Ms Mc Namara

Living Things

Sow & Grow

 

3rd Class are taking part in the nationwide Sow and Grow event from Innocent. They planted cress, spinach and pea seeds and are measuring the growth of their plants each week. They are also taking great care to ensure their plants are getting just the right amounts of light and water.

Investigation 3 – Ms Joyce

Energy and Forces

Light – The Kaleidoscope

A group of 6th class children discussed the use of mirrors to create special effects and magic tricks. They observed how light reflects and how this reflection affects the images we see. The children then worked a little magic of their own by designing and making a kaleidoscope

Investigation 4 – Ms Tighe

Materials

Making Slime

 

A group of children from 4th and 6th class had a very exciting trip to Ms Tighe’s room where they made slime! After an unsuccessful attempt they experimented with their measurements and discovered the exact quantities needed to make the perfect slime using bread soda, pva glue, contact lens solution and food colouring.

 

Investigation 5 – 6th Class – Ms Brett

Materials

Conduction of Heat

Ms Brett’s 6th class were learning about the conduction of heat. They investigated which material was the best conductor of heat; wood, plastic or metal. For this investigation the children used plastic straws, wooden and meta chopsticks, butter, hot water, beakers and thermometers. They measured the temperature of all beakers of water to ensure they were the same. Next they cut the straws to ensure they were the same length as the chopsticks. The butter on the metal chopsticks melted first so the children concluded that metal was the best conductor of heat. Excellent work Ms Brett’s class!

Investigation 6 – 6th Class – Mr O’Donovan

Environmental Awareness and Care

Renewable Energy

Mr O’Donovan’s 6th class explored the topic of renewable energy. The class were divided up into 5 groups. Each group designed and made their own prototypes. Here is a list of the completed prototypes:

  • A dam based on Inniscarra Dam in Cork
  • Solar panels using cardboard and tinfoil
  • A windmill using kitchen roll holders and straws
  • A geyser type structure to replicate geothermal energy
  • A nuclear power plant based on the famous plant from The Simpsons

Investigation 7 – Senior Infants – Ms Curran

Materials

Properties and Characteristics of Materials

     

Ms Curran’s Senior Infant class were learning all about materials. They began by examining a range of different materials and naming what they were; plastic, metal, wood, rubber, sandpaper, fabric, cloth, paper, cardboard. They continued by describing the different materials using a range of vocabulary such as “hard”, “soft”, “heavy”, “light”, “rough”, “smooth”, “waterproof”, “disintegrate”. The class finished with a materials hunt around their classroom and completed a ‘Materials’ booklet. Well done Senior Infants on all your hard work!!

 

STEP 1: Participation in a Science Event

Intel Mini Scientist Competition

 

 

Mr MacSweeney’s 6th class entered the Intel Mini Scientist Competition. The competition kicked off in October. The children in the class made up 5 groups, each with a different investigation. The class showcased their research and investigations at our science open day in November, as part of Science Week 2017.  A panel of judges from the school selected one group to represent the school in the regional final in December. Bartosz, Maksim, Gerald and Shane demonstrated their investigation entitled PEP (Potato Energy Project) at the regional final in IT Blanchardstown.

The school are very proud of the boys and of all the children in Mr MacSweeney’s class who worked so hard. We were delighted when Intel sent out goodie bags of prizes to all of the children who took part!

 

STEP 2: Technology (ICT)

Use Technology to Record a Timelapse Video

 

 

Ms Moore’s 1st class were investigating how plants drink water. They designed and made an experiment called ‘Walking Water’ to illustrate how plants drink water through capillary action. The class created this amazing time lapse video using an iPad.

 

Use of school laptops and visualiser

 

 

Ms Ryan’s class completed group projects on a planet of their choice. They used the school laptops to research the information they needed. In groups, the children used the information to make a booklet which they presented to the class using the visualiser in their classroom. The visualiser was an excellent way of displaying the information during the presentations and of helping the class to learn about all the planets. Well done Ms Ryan’s class!

 

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Ms Mc Namara’s 3rd class have been updating our school’s Twitter account with their fantastic work on their Sow and Grow project.

 

Ms Curran’s Senior Infants class enjoyed singing their ‘Materials’ song with the support of the IWB in their class. They are all super singers!!

 

STEP 3: Engineering

Engineer’s Week Events

5th Class – Ms O’Brien

Engineer’s Week 2018 took place from 24 Feb – 2 March. There were lots of exciting events that took place around the country and our school was lucky enough to secure a place at two of these events. Ms O’Brien’s 5th class attended an event entitled ‘Construction Project and Stadium Visit’. It took place in Tallaght Stadium. The event was hosted by PM Group and the children learned a lot about the principles of construction. They even got the opportunity to compete in groups to build the tallest tower using lego bricks.

5th Class – Mr Barrett

Mr Barrett’s class attended the second Engineer’s Week event entitled ‘ Who Wants to be a Superhero?’ This event also took place in Tallaght Stadium and was hosted by South Dublin County Council. The children learned some weird and wonderful facts about engineering all around us!

 

Design and Make Activity

6th Class – Mr O’Donovan

 

Mr O’Donovan’s 6th class became budding engineers as they designed and made 5 different prototypes based on renewable energy. They really are the children of our future!

 

STEP 4: Maths

Develop a Maths Trail around the School

 

During Maths Week 2017, every class from Junior Infants to 6th Class completed a maths trail around the school. The trail brought the children through the school building and outside into the yard and surrounding area. The children loved the opportunity of putting the maths skills they had learned in the classroom to practical use. Well done boys and girls!

 

Using Maths to Record our Science Investigation Results

Ms Mc Namara’s 3rd Class used rulers to measure the height of their plants each week. They recorded their results on a bar chart in their copies.

 

    

Ms Brett’s 6th class recorded the time it took for the butter to melt on each piece of material (metal, wood and plastic). The butter melted on the metal chopstick the quickest which means that metal is the best conductor of heat.

 

STEP 5: STEM Show and Tell

Science Open Day

Our Science Open Day took place during Science Week 2017. We set up a ‘Science Circuit’ in our school hall so that every class could showcase some of the great science activities that take place in the classroom. Every class from 1st – 6th had a table in the circuit where children from the class demonstrated a science activity. Each class from Junior Infants to 6th Class had an allocated time within the day to visit the Science Circuit. When the children had completed the science circuit there were additional stations to challenge them. One of these was a Guessing Gallery. 12 science based statements were on display and children had to guess which 3 statements were myths.

Mr MacSweeney’s 6th class took part in the Intel Mini Scientist competition. His class demonstrated 5 of their investigations for the competition at our Science Circuit. The titles of these investigations were ‘Potato Energy Project’, ‘The affects of varying heat on a battery’, ‘Does remove rust?’, ‘Is gender stereotyping real?’, What slows a car down the best coming down a hill?’,  A panel of judges then decided which investigation would make it through to the 2nd round of the competition in the IT Blanchardstown. The winner was ‘Potato Energy Project!’

When the children returned to their classrooms they took part in a Science Circuit Table Quiz which was based on the investigations that were showcased in the hall.

                     

 

 

 

 

 

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