Science and STEM

Discover Primary Science

We are delighted to announce that we are embarking on the Discover Primary Science award this coming year. As such, teachers will be engaging in continuous professional development to support this initiative. We have purchased new STEM boxes with resources for lessons and we have field trips planned for classes over the year. As part of Maths week, 1st and 2nd class visited Gorey Library where they engaged in a Lego engineering workshop. Junior and Senior infants will go on a field trip to Wexford Wildfowl Reserve on December 6th. We will post photos of this tour later.

 

Renewable energy and climate change

We are the proud recipients of the SFI Discover Science/Maths Award! We were awarded a plaque – the highest grade. Huge thanks to all involved and especially to Ms. Whittle who coordinated! It is wonderful to receive the recognition for the hard work of students and teachers!

6th class had a great Q&A session this morning with engineer Stephen Duke discussing renewable forms of energy and their effect on climate change. Stephen was very impressed with the level of questioning! Thank you Stephen

 

3rd – 6th class tour to Explorium

A fantastic time was had at Explorium today (24th June) by 3rd-6th class! Explorium is Ireland’s National Sport and Science Centre and there was a vast array of interactive experiences for the students.

We hope everyone had a brilliant time!

Our Discover Primary Science Endeavours! 

Please click on the links to see what we have been up to this year!

Step 1- Science (1) Step 1- Science Step 3-Engineering (1) Step 4-Maths (1) Step 5-STEM Showcase

The Very Hungry Caterpillar no more!

There was great excitement in our junior classes as the first brave butterfly hatched from its cocoon! Welcome to Scoil Ghormáin Naofa!! The children have really enjoyed monitoring the life cycle of the caterpillar/butterfly. We hope to see more butterflies emerge over the next few days!

A VISIT FROM AN ENGINEER!

We had a very exciting morning with a visit from Diarmaid Ó’Suilleabháin, brother of Ms. ní Shuilleabháin. Diarmaid is an engineer and we are very grateful to him for taking time out of his busy schedule to educate our students about what engineering entails.

There was a question and answer session which Diarmaid answered in great detail.

Sample questions: 

  • Why did you become an engineer?
  • What is the best thing about your job?
  • In a typical day, what do you do?
  • What is the best project you have every worked on?
  • What was your favourite subject in school/ what subject was most helpful for engineering?

Content: 

  • The classes have been doing project work about homes and houses. Different types of homes have been discussed in detail and the children have learned about the materials used when building a house. They discussed Environmentally Friendly Buildings and sustainable energy used in modern buildings.
  • Key Discussion Words: Solar panels, double and triple glazed windows, insulation, wind energy, geothermal energy
  • The classes then designed their own dream home in groups, using all the information about building materials, sustainable energy, engineering and architecture that they learned.

Today was a very exciting part of our Science and STEM initiative in school. Thank you Diarmaid!

Renewable and non-renewable sources of energy

Yesterday, Miss Whittle came into our classroom and told us we were going to do a project on renewable energy. We were split into groups of three but our group and another group had four. The first time Ms. Whittle came to our room we researched renewable energy and our closest source, Croghan Mountain, from 2 o’clock to home time. The next day, the wifi was down in our room, so we went to the junior and senior infants room and sat at their desks. Then we planned what slides and research would go onto our powerpoint. Today, we are learning how to make our powerpoint presentation. 

Report by Mikey Kinsella

Hour of Code

We are excited about our upcoming visit from Mary Allen, Mum to Jennifer, John and Lily Mae, who will come to teach us about Coding! Mary works in Microsoft and will teach coding through the medium of Minecraft. We warmly welcome parental involvement here in Scoil Ghormáin Naofa.

 

A Visit from Lismore Mobile Science Workshop!

Yesterday, 26-11-2018, we welcomed the Lismore Mobile Science Workshop to school. They visited each class for an hour where there was plenty of hands on activity and guided learning. Some classes engaged in experiments, some learned about the science aspect of Antarctica and 6th class undertook a CSI challenge which looked really interesting!

We are very grateful to our PA who sponsored this activity.

Staff Continuous Professional Development

We welcomed Grace Garde to school yesterday, 26-11-2018, to facilitate a workshop for teachers in the Discovery Primary Science framework. We focused on Materials and Change and adopted a framework of inquiry. This will help us to foster critical thinking and questioning in our students. We look forward to meeting Grace again in February when we will look at Forces.

Science Fair

Ms. Whittle coordinated a super science fair once again this year. Representatives from each class demonstrated experiments that the whole class had investigated and ably recounted the rationale behind each. Parents were welcomed to visit the fair. Click the link to view an experiment from Ms. ní Shuilleabháin’s class. They had to create a  contraption that would prevent an egg from cracking when it was dropped from a height. Here we see one that has had a balloon attached to slow down the fall. The egg was cushioned in a cosy box which was lined with lots of different material. Well done!

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