As part of Science Week, all the children of Patrickswell N.S. came to school with their own Science investigation or experiment that they had researched and planned at home. They wrote up their investigation using the agreed whole school science investigation template at home. Due to COVID-19 we couldn’t visit each other’s classes like we usually do but we show cased our experiments from home to our own classes. Children shared, demonstrated and explained their scientific investigations and experiments to their peers. All the children and staff enjoyed the day so much and it was great to see children learning from one another. It was a great week in Patrickswell and we thank all the parents for their cooperation and participation.
4th class learned about elastic force during science week and created their own catapults! @ScienceWeek@scienceirel@sci_engUL@PDSTPrimarySTEM#ScienceWeek2020#STEMeducation#LetsBuildTogether#letshavefun
Check out a recording of their investigation on twitter. https://twitter.com/i/status/1327173691600478208
Miss Nonnan’s junior infants and senior infants and Ms. Brennan’s senior infants and 1st Class participated in Science Week’s “Kitchen Science” workshop. UL in partnership with Coláiste Nano Nagle Girls Secondary School, Limerick City offered this exciting and interactive workshop which brought science to life in our homes. The workshop provided unique interactive ways for young people to experience and learn key scientific concepts using a range of everyday items found in a domestic kitchen. The workshop activities were designed to spark the imagination and stimulate young peoples’ interest in science. All the science activities were about instilling a confidence in young people to study science, ask questions and make a connection between science and the world around them using items from their own home. Activities included making slime, an erupting lemon volcano and even a lava lamp and much more.
Check out Ms. Noonan’s recap of their favourite experiments from the Kitchen Science workshop.
Ms. Brennan’s Class then created a pictogram showing all the votes of the children’s favourite experiments from the workshop. There was so many to choose from making slime, bending water, steaming kettle, balloon blow, lava lamp, disappearing ink, hopping candle and money burn.
A school’s poster competition for primary school pupils will also run as a follow-up to the event. You need to engage in the workshop to be in to win a prize.
The SOPHia Project
Mr. O’Connor’s 6th Class took part in Science Week’s SOPHia workshop. This was all about the exciting world of physics! This workshop included science experiments, some information about what physics is about, stories about famous physicists, career options in physics, and some things for us to try out at home or in the classroom. University of Limerick physics students explained their story of how they came to study physics. The workshop was aimed at getting more young people considering physics as a subject for their Leaving Cert, and have some fun along the away too!
Badge of Excellence in STEM Award Show
We were delighted to be invited to the awards ceremony for last year’s Badge of Excellence Award. It was great to see so many schools and people involved. We especially loved the lightning dance!!