Discovery Science – Step 1 – Making a bird feeder

Winter is here and many of our birds need our help to stay alive. At this time of the year, birds find it hard to find insects, worms, seeds, and berries. We can help by feeding the birds.

To make our bird feeder: We prodded the bottle with a scissors to make several holes all around the bottle. Consequently, we made two holes opposite each other about a third of the way up the bottle. We then pushed the pencil through both of these holes. This acted as a perch for the birds. After, we made two holes opposite each other near the top of the bottle. We then threaded the twine through the two holes and made a loop to hang off a branch of a tree. We filled the bottle with the sunflower seeds and put the lid on the bottle. So far, we’ve seen birds like Chaffinches, Bluetits and Sparrows feed from our hanging feeders!

Discovery Science – Step 1 – Energy and Forces

In this experiment, performed by the Junior room, the children learned that the raisins were heavier than the drink and therefore sank to the bottom. They discovered that at the bottom of the fizzy drink, the raisins collected bubbles of carbon dioxide, resulting in the ‘raisins + bubbles’ becoming lighter than the drink. Consequently, they rose to the surface. When the raisins reached the surface, the gas bubbles burst and the raisins sank to the bottom, only to collect gas bubbles once again.

Discovery Science – Step 5 – Castlerea Enterprise Town

We were one of the 120 businesses, community groups and clubs to exhibit at Castlerea Enterprise Town. The event took place in the sports hall of Castlerea Enterprise Hub on 9th & 10th of December. There was lots to keep the crowds entertained with a visit from Minister Denis Naughten, the Castlerea Brass Band, Rachel Allen, local professionals and Santa but to name a few!

Discovery Science – Step 2 – Technology – Using PowerPoint and Making Videos

We discovered how to make lemonade fizzy and 5th and 6th class decided to make a PowerPoint based on the scientific process we used. We made a title page, a page listing the materials, a page for our hypothesises, a page detailing our procedure and a results/ conclusion page.

The children also created videos of the children forming their hypothesises.What did Jack think?  See here!

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Discovery Science – Step 1 – Snake Spiral

To complete this activity, the children cut out the spiral and decorated it to look like a snake. The children then cut along the spiral and attached a piece of thread to the snake’s head. They hung the snakes over a hot radiator. The snake spun as the warm air rose.

The children learned that warm air is lighter than cold air. Warm air rises and cold air comes in to take its place. This causes air currents – both indoor and outdoor. These are called convection currents.

Science Week 2016 Step 1: Energy and Forces – Magnetism and Electricity

Making rainbow spinners!

Objectives: Investigate the Splitting and Mixing of Light

Skills: Experimenting, Observing

Through investigation the child were enabled to investigate the splitting and mixing of light. The children learned that not only can white light be broken up into the rainbow colours, but also that the rainbow colours can be brought together to produce white light. They also learn about persistence of vision (i.e. that if things move fast enough the eye cannot distinguish between them and they merge).

Can you see what I see?

Science Week 2016

Science week will run from the 13th to the 20th of November. We will be undertaking a number of experiments with the children and over the course of Science week and beyond, RTÉ will be putting science centre stage. ‘Phil the Science Guy’ will make an appearance in the new RTÉjr series, POP Goes The Weekend, beginning Saturday 19th November, while Swipe TV and the Swipe TV app will feature a range of science-themed content throughout the week.