Class: 4th/5th

Strand/Strand Unit: Energy & Forces: Light

Experiment: Investigate and Experiment with the spectrum of light and Design/Make a Spectroscope

The pupils of 4th/5th class have been developing and improving their STEM skills throughout the year with various experiments across different Science strands. Through experimentation, the pupils learn to work collaboratively and develop critical thinking skills. Some of the best photos show what the children have been working on in their Science experiments.

The pupils got the chance to meet Scientists from the Tyndall National Institute (U.C.C) and they got the opportunity to learn about the spectrum of light by making their very own spectroscopes. Many thanks to Sinéad Ryan for facilitating what was a fun and engaging day for the pupils of Bishop Murphy Memorial School.

Class: 4th/5th

Strand/Strand Unit: Living Things: Human Life

Experiment: Question, Observe and Explore a sheep’s heart

The children learned about the four chambers in the heart by getting to explore a sheep’s heart.

Class: 4th/5th

Strand/Strand Unit: Materials

Experiment: Design and make the longest paper-bridge and test it’s strength for load-bearing

The pupils of 4th and 5th were busy developing their STEM skills by working in small groups to plan, build and test the longest and most sturdy paper-bridge using only 3 A4 sheets per group. A lot of testing was required and some very innovative designs were used in the different groups so well done to all!!

Class: 4th/5th

Strand/Strand Unit: Energy & Forces: Forces

Experiment: Investigate and Experiment the force of gravity with “The Drop Experiment” by designing and making the shuttle that enables an egg “passenger” to land safely and unscathed!

One of the most popular Science experiments was “The Drop”. The children worked so well in their groups and they had great fun making their very own shuttles to keep the hardboiled “egg-passenger” safe from the force of gravity! The objective here was to create their shuttle using 60cm of string, cotton wool, selotape, A4 card, scissors, paper-clips and balloon. The children had creative freedom with regard to the design used with the only stipulation being that the egg had to sit freely in the shuttle base. For the “launch”, the pupils had to launch the shuttle from a height of approximately 1.5 metres off the ground. Some groups had to go back to the drawing board to tweak their designs after a few unsuccessful launches but most managed to safely land their shuttle such that the egg avoided any cracks on landing.

Class: 4th/5th

Strand/Strand Unit: Materials: Properties and Characteristics of Materials

Experiment: Predict and analyse the load-bearing capacity of a plastic container by planning, designing and making a plastic chair-bin from a recycled milk container.

Here the pupils can be seen busy at work constructing and testing their chair-bin designs as part of the 2019 Junior Entrepreneur Programme. The highlight of this Science based activity was the subsequent testing to explore the load-bearing capacity of their designs. Some were pleasantly surprised to find that they could load a water bottle, scissors and copybook! Other pupils discovered that the shorter hook-handles affected the load-bearing capacity. By cutting the handle of the milk-carton much lower they were able to increase load-bearing capacity.

Class: 4th/5th

Theme:  Engineers Week 2019

Strand/Strand Unit: Materials: Properties and characteristics of materials

Experiment 1: Investigate and Experiment with 3D-printed lego pieces by planning, designing and creating a miniature duck

Experiment 2: Investigate and Experiment with plastic straws by planning, designing and creating the tallest tower possible using a set number of straws and selotape.

The pupils of 4th/5th celebrated Engineers Week 2019 by meeting a fully fledged and highly skilled scientist. A huge thanks to Sinéad Ryan and Walter Messina from the Tyndall National Institute (U.C.C). Walter, a postdoctoral researcher with the biomedical department in Tyndall spoke to the class about his background in military engineering where he has designed robotics. He also spoke to the children about his most recent work in biomedical engineering. The children thoroughly enjoyed the experience because Walter showed the children some micro-chips that he has used in some of his projects. He also brought some resources from Tyndall to conduct two experiments with the pupils. The first experiment involved the use of 3-D printed lego pieces some of which were irregular so a lot of planning was required before attempting to create the miniature-duck. Walter explained that planning is a key component of any project he works on. The students had to design their tallest bridge using sketch-paper before working in teams to build the tallest tower out of straws. Many thanks again to the Tyndall National Institute for facilitating what was a memorable day for the pupils of Bishop Murphy Memorial School. Many thanks to Walter for putting together such an engaging, educational and fun lesson for the pupils.