Crumlin National School

Ballyglunin, Tuam

Archive for the ‘Science’


Absorption

Yesterday, we conducted an experiment to test which material would best absorb water. Out of newspaper, magazine, kitchen paper and plastic, we discovered that kitchen paper was the most absorbent and that plastic is waterproof. We performed a Fair Test giving each material the same amount of water and the same time to soak. The variable was the material changing each time we carried out the experiment.

Land Yachts

Last Week, 2nd and 3rd Class designed Land Yachts that were powered by wind energy. We had lots of fun choosing our materials, creating our design and making our Land Yachts. We encountered some problems along the way but we overcame them by testing them and in the end we had a race. We measured how far the Land Yachts traveled under the fair test of equal time to each team. After the race, we decided what went well and if we were to design them again, what would we do differently.

Making some snow clay

Seniors and First used cornflour and body lotion to create some snow clay.  They investigated how the feel and function of the clay changed as more body lotion was added.

 


Space Fun!

Senior Infants & First really enjoyed the theme of space.  We had great time learning all about the sun, moon, gravity and planets. Great fun was had during our Aistear time to explore the theme even more.  To settle our inquisitive minds a few experiments were carried out to find out more information on gravity and meteorites.  First Class ended the topic by creating some fabulous projects on their favourite planet.

 

Valeo Visit

5th and 6th had a wonderful opportunity last week to visit Valeo in Tuam where they learned a vast amount on the work they do in Valeo. They learned all about different types of cameras used in cars, autonomous cars, the future of automobiles and even got to see and sit in an autonomous car used in Valeo for testing. Thanks to Stephanie, John and Paul at Valeo for an extremely informative and enjoyable visit.

Junior Infants Trip to Coole Park

Junior Infants had great fun on their trip to Coole Park where they met up with a guide who showed them all different aspects of nature to be found there.

 

S.A.P Visit to Crumlin!

A huge thank you to Dave Ryan and his colleagues Maeve & Rebecca from S.A.P. who came to school today and spoke about Computer Science & Design Process to the children. 3rd & 4th class created remote control cars. 5th & 6th worked in teams to design and create bridges made from just straws and sellotape. It was thoroughly enjoyed by all and showcased the skills and thought processes needed for differing careers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Science in 5th & 6th

In 5th & 6th we have learnt about the solubility of different substances such as salt, sugar and baking powder and the effect heat has on their solubility. We also discovered the reaction when you mix vinegar with baking soda which creates CO2 and caused our balloon to rise!

   

Heart & Lung Dissection!!

Brady’s Butchers in Athenry kindly gave Ms.Murphy a cow’s heart and lungs for us to observe and dissect! It was an eye opening experience for everyone and a lot of the children found it hard to believe that our hearts actually do look like a cow’s heart!

 

 

 

 

 

Visitor from Brigid’s Garden

On Thursday the 5th of October, Will Softly (in association with SEAI) visited us from Brigid’s Garden and held workshops with Senior Infants, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th.

Will informed the students of the various renewable and non-renewable sources of energy and had lots of fun with the pupils through games, puppets and dress-up. He gave us some great energy saving tips.

Will also demonstrated how chemical energy can be converted into electrical energy using apples!

Thanks Will for a great day!