On Thursday the twelfth of February, an engineer came into St. Corban's to talk to the 6th classes about what it is like to be an engineer and what engineers do. He introduced himself as Michael Regan and went on to show us a picture of a house on the whiteboard. He asked us if there was any problems with the house. A lot of the lads agreed that the foundations didn’t look steady. Michael said that this was correct and showed us a representation of the house. A brick represented the house and there was a sponge underneath the brick to represent soft ground. Underneath the sponge was the teacher’s desk, which represented the hard ground. He showed us that when the heavy brick was placed on top of the soft sponge, the sponge sagged but the table didn’t react. This is what would happen if a house was built like the plans he had shown us. Then he went on to stick a couple of pencils into the sponge and placed the brick back on top. This time the sponge didn’t sag. This is because the pencils were transferring the weight of the brick to the desk. He explained to us that this is what the foundations of a building look like (in a simple form). That was only one of the projects in a very fun talk that I think all the boys enjoyed very much. Everyone was extremely engrossed in the talk and had a good time. I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that in 10 years some of the pupils have gone on to become engineers.
Article by David C., St. Corban's Media Team.
On the 10th of November 3rd class went to the library to watch a robot demonstration.
First my dad and John told us what a robot is. You might think a remote control is a robot but scientifically it's not because scientists say a robot has to be programmed to do stuff. After we learnt about robots we watched them play a game of soccer. The blues beat the reds 2-0.
After the game we saw them doing a penalty shootout. A robot was about to take a penalty and then tripped over himself. Then we had to go back to school and that is my story about 3rd class going to see the robots.
Cian Villing, third class.
During science week here in St. Corban's Ms. Dunne very kindly invited everyone down to the hall to take part in various different experiments provided by her class. Here’s a quick overview of the results.
Station 1 displayed a skeleton and an iPad. The object was to use the iPad to play a game in which you built a body using the application provided.
Station 2 involved an experiment using the fact that oil does not mix with water. Unless, of course, you add washing up liquid.
Station 3 boasted numerous tests on eggs. Will it crack? Not if you cover it with cling film!
Station 4 experimented on the making of lemonade. Yummy!
Did you know that raisins can dance in water? Well, Station 5 proved they do!
In Station 6 they created lava lamps using a 2 litre bottle of vinegar, salt and more.
If you rub a balloon against your head for a long time it creates static electricity which can be used to pick up small pieces of paper says Station 7.
Station 8 involved a game in which you attempt to fish some paperclips out of a bowl of water using a magnet.
In Station nine they showed you some optical illusions, proving that you don’t always see everything that’s there.
To cap it off, Station 10 was equipped with the fact that you can blow up a balloon using a bottle, baking soda and vinegar.
Thank you for reading and we hope everyone who participated had fun.
Have a nice day!
Photos by Devlin, article by David M., St. Corban's Media Team.
This week we conducted two experiments with cress seeds and broad bean seeds. The first experiment was testing the direction of growth with cress seeds and the second experiment we were looking at the germination of a broad bean seed.
In the first experiment we put damp cotton wool in a seed tray and sprinkled cress seeds on it. We water it every day and watch what direction it will grow.
For the second experiment we put broad bean seeds in a jar. We began by putting two in every jar. We pressed the seeds against the side of the jar and put wet cotton wool in so the seeds stay in place. We put one upside down to see which direction it would grow and the other the right way round. We are doing this to get a closer view of germination.
This experiment is educational and it is a very fun experiment and we are all enjoying it!
Keep watching here to see our results day after day.
By Daniel Lenehan and Daniel Fallon.
We have carried out our second and third experiment for Science Week. The first one is called 'Lava Lamp'. All you need is 1/4 water, 3/4 cooking oil, food colouring and Alka Seltzer. We had so much fun today with it and even took it a step further by adding more Alka Seltzer.
Our second experiment is with an egg and cling film. We had a bit of fun with this as we struggled to break the egg at first. The aim is to squeeze an egg as hard as you can in your fist and break it. However, we struggled with this until Darren came to the rescue and showed us how it was done. :)
Then get another egg and wrap it in cling film. We couldn't break the egg in cling film with our fist. In fact, we had to stand on it for it to break. Give it a go and see for yourself but it does get messy. Enjoy!
Ms. Butler, 4th Class.
Ms Butler's 4th class have been conducting different fun experiments for Science Week. The first one we carried out is called Rainbow Milk. All you need to do this at home is food colouring (different colours), full fat milk, a bowl and washing up liquid. Watch our video on how we got on and give it a try!
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