Ms. Madden/Ms. Kenny’s Class had great fun exploring the concept of magnetism. They investigated may surfaces within their classroom, identifying and categorising those that were magnetic and those that were not.
Mrs. Healy’s Class explored Materials and their properties. Through a set of experiments, they identified some materials that absorbed water and others that repelled it. Then it made perfect sense that raincoats are not made from newspaper! They also experimented with Magnets.
Rang a hAon
Rang a hAon learned about the the Properties of Materials used to build a home. They discussed the need for homes to have a sturdy foundation and to be durable, waterproof and windproof. Post discussion, the children put their engineering hats on and got building. Taking it a step further, Mr O Halloran decided to test their structures by pouring water over them to test their resistance to rain and blowing air on them to test their resistance to wind.
Inspired by RTE Science Hub, they investigated Energy & Forces, identifying which objects float /sink. The children were introduced to the concept of density. They discovered that an object will sink if it is more dense than the object it is placed in. They tested lots of classroom item and recorded their sink/float results in their copies.
Rang a Dó
Mrs. Brunicardi’s Class created their own Water Cycles to explore evaporation, condensation and precipitation with EBS Science Blast 2021. They also explored the causes of water pollution, focusing on the need for everyone play a role in Environmental Awareness and Care.
They watched an interview with Korey Kiepert, who designed Cú Chulainn Rollercoaster in Tayto Park. Through exploration, they learned that if you swing a frisbee faster than the force of gravity, you can keep the water in the cup using centripetal forces. This is how a rollercoaster works!
Rang a Trí
Ms. O’ Flynn/Ms. Fitzgerald’s Class explored the strand Living Things when they , learned how plants absorb water from roots to tips- the process of osmosis-using celery, water, food colouring and sunlight.
Then they explored the strand unit Materials & Change by constructing lava lamps. They discovered that oil floats on water and they created a chemical reaction with the addition of the ‘fizzy tablet’ to make carbon dioxide. Next time they will use more oil to create a better visual lava lamp. It’s all about trial and error in Science!
Lifetime Lab visited Rang a Trí via Zoom for a wonderfully engaging and ‘hands-on’ circuits workshop. The children worked as engineers to power a bulb and fan for their little houses.
Rang a Ceathair
Mr. Philpott’s Class explored the strand Living Things. They watched a series of animated videos by Midland Sciences on the different internal organs in the human body. They noted some interesting facts like the brain is the fattiest organ in the body and that blue whales have a heart so big that a child could fit through its aorta!
Then it was on to Materials and Change. Like their friends in Rang a Trí, they too created lava lamps using oil, water and some food colouring. As predicted, oil and water did not mix, so they used some effervescent tablets (Vitamin C in this case) and released carbon dioxide to make bubbles. It also lead to an explosive end to Science Week when one bottle exploded like a volcano. Science is great but it can get messy!!!
Rang a Cúig
Ms. de Bháill’s Class had an online session with Cork county Council Geologist Kevin Motherway, who presented on ‘How we know that Earth isn’t flat?’ They learned about Eratosthenes and the way in which he worked out the circumference of the Earth in Alexandria more than 2,000 years ago. Inspired by RTE Science Hub, Rang a 5 learned how to reinforce the tension (Forces) of a balloon by using tape and then trying to pierce the balloon with a drawing pin without bursting it! Between the excitement and the premature popping of some balloons, their classroom was an explosive laboratory for this experiment! Four small groups succeeded in piercing the balloon without popping it!
Lifetime Lab visited Rang a Cúig via Zoom for a wonderfully engaging and ‘hands-on’ circuits workshop. The children worked as engineers to power a bulb and fan for their little houses.
Rang a Sé
In the course of exploring the Plants and Animals strand Unit, Ms. Roberts’ Class learned all about the importance of Bees, Bats and Butterflies. They thoroughly enjoyed the RDC Education webinar entitled ‘Let’s talk Bats’. The students also benefitted from the Cork County Council Science Week’s online video relating to Water Treatment.
Inspired by their exploration of butterflies, the children researched common species of butterflies found in Ireland, establishing their Irish name, Latin name, wingspan, diet, appearance and other interesting facts. They presented their finding to the class and went on the Scilly Walk in search of some. A combination of luck and keen observation skills resulted in Rang a Sé spotting Painted Lady!
Under the strand Energy and Forces, Rang a Sé experimented with parallel and series circuits. The children were ‘buzzing’, ‘switching’ and ‘illuminating’ until their ‘batteries’ ran out!