Visit from an APC Scientist
At the end of November Fifth and Sixth Class participated in a Guts of Digestion workshop with an APC (Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre) scientist. The APC is a scientific research centre, based at University College Cork, where nearly 200 scientists are working hard to figure out how the good bacteria in your gut keep you healthy and how they can be used to treat disease. This workshop focused on how the heart and the lungs operate and the APC scientist was a hit with the two senior classes.
Science Week 2012
We celebrated Science Week in the first half of November in Scoil Phádraig Naofa. The theme this year was Everyday Experimenting and we decided to focus on everyday experimenting with food. Each class in the school visited or had a visit from a local food producer in Bandon. In Fifth Class we visited the Co- Op on Watergate Street and saw how butter is packaged. We also learned about the history of the creamery there since 1903. It was an excellent educational experience for the boys, as were all of the food related activities that each class participated in.
On the Wednesday of Science Week we had a visit from the astronomer Rob Hill. His 3D light show, which was set up in the hall, brought the pupils on a tour of the universe. This 3D experience was extremely stimulating and enjoyable for the boys and Rob Hill pitched it perfectly for each group level. This 3D show was then followed by small group construction of rockets, which were then launched in the school yard. This hands on activity really challenged the pupils and they gained great enjoyment from seeing how high the rockets would fly.
On the Thursday of Science Week fifth class ran a Science Exhibition in the Hall. They opened the exhibition with a poem When I Grow Up and a rap Be a Scientist. The purpose of Science Week is to encourage the pupils to consider a career in science or engineering. After this the pupils got the chance to explore the exhibition stands. Each class in the school from first class up had a stand displaying an interesting science experiment. Well done to all the classes for creating such excellent stands! The exhibition finished with a slideshow showing pictures from the different food related activities that each class took part in. Fifth class and all the boys on the stands did a superb job in running the exhibition and it was a great success.
Finally, to complete Science Week , fifth class ran a Science Quiz for Second Class up in the hall. There was a boy from each class on each team and Aodh O’Gallchóir was a brilliant quizmaster. Well done to the winning team
Thank you to all of the teachers and pupils in all of the classes who contributed to making this Science Week a memorable one.
4th Class visited Martin Careys Butchers on South Main street as part of Science week. Having studied what animals produce our various meats, we were shown each type in his beautiful shop. We were welcomed by staff, hatted and gowned up to enter the back where the meat is prepared. There Martin showed us how they make their sausages and the ingredients they use. We got to sample some freshly made and cooked pork sausages. He also gave each child a big bag of sausages abd vouchers to take home. It was a really interesting visit and the boys were thrilled.
3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th class visited the lifetime lab where they learned all about Science. We learned all about electricity, magnetism, dissolving and map reading. See our pictures ...
K'Nex Xperience Engineering Competition.
Scoil Phádraig Naofa's fifth class 2009 travelled to Dublin on the 10th June last to compete in the final of the Steps to Engineering K'Nex Challenge. This is the second year in a row that the boys have reached the national final, which was held in the Helix Centre, Dublin. The class was one of twenty schools who competed for this engineering prize. The boys project was based around harnessing water power. They built a working water wheel from K'Nex construction material. We were fortunate in that two engineers visited the class, Martin McCarthy (SEI Ireland) and Joe O'Leary (Mojo Design) and this greatly aided the class in their research. The boys were also given a tour of the local weir in Bandon by local engineer, Paddy O'Sullivan. This experience was invaluable as the class saw a working turbine in action and the benefits of this renewable source of energy.
Excellence in Science Awards.
Following on from the last two year's success in the Discover Science Excellence Awards, the boys of Scoil Phadraig Naofa, Bandon recently were informed that they have retained the title again for three in a row! The Discover Primary Science programme fosters an interest in science and engineering. This interest is evident throughout the school as all classes participated in a range of activities from snake spirals in junior infants to examining paper absorbtion in 6th class. Awards of excellence are given to schools that carry out additional science and maths activities.
Here at Scoil Phádraig Naofa we have a huge interest in all things science. The boys have shown huge initiative when given challenges to overcome. As part of this years K'nex challenge the construction of a waterwheel was one of them.
Scoil Phadraig Naofa Retain Science Excellence Award.
Following on from last year's success in the Discover Science Excellence Awards, the boys of Scoil Phadraig Naofa, Bandon recently were informed that they have retained the title again. The Discover Primary Science programme fosters an interest in science and engineering. This interest is evident throughout the school as all classes participated in a range of activities from dancing raisins in junior infants to examining the colour spectrum in 6th class. Awards of excellence are given to schools that carry out additional activities. Scoil Phadraig Naofa currently has five interactive whiteboards and all classrooms will have one by September. The interactive whiteboard is an invaluable tool and source of knowledge for all subjects across the curriculum.
As part of the science project, 5th class entered the K'Nex Xperience Engineering competition. Scoil Phadraig Naofa was one of two schools out of 155 that scored 100%. A group of boys traveled to Dublin to represent their school in the all Ireland final on June 18th last in the Helix.
3rd Class boys are taking part in the Incredible edibles challenge again to grow vegetables. This year they are growing potatoes, lettuce, spinnach, baby carrots and strawberries. Check out the slideshow to see their progress