Yesterday Declan the scientist came to our school. He showed us some cool things: he rolled a can on the floor and it came back all the way back to him.
After we tried to guess what happened and nobody got it right.
Then he told us how he said there was a weight in the middle of the can and there was two elastic bands taped to the inside. The science behind it is when you rolled it the weight wants to stay in place and that winds the elastic bands up and when it stops the elastic bands lets out all the energy and makes it roll back words.
Then he came into our room and made a slingshot out of lollipop sticks. All of our class had a competition with 7 people v 7. The yellows went first then red and the yellows won. I was on the yellow team and the second round the reds won.
I enjoyed the day I hope Declan comes back again another day.
Yesterday we had a visitor come to our school.
His name was Declan. He is a scientist.
He comes to our school once every year to do some science and engineering with us.
The first experiment he did was the can that would that would always roll back to you.
The second one was the mirror that makes you look like you’re upside down.
My favourite experiment was the glasses that make you look purple.
After the show he came down to our classroom and made catapults with us.
That is my favourite part of him coming every year by far. I hope that he will come next year. He said before he left that he is hoping to make a phone that can turn into anything.
The end by Hannah
Yesterday we did science with Declan.
First he got a tin with a weight and elastic bands in it and anytime he rolled it it came back to him.
Then he got a can of diet coke and a container of water and he asked us ‘Will it float?’ and most people said ‘No’. Then we put it in and it floated! Then he got normal coke and asked if it would float and most people said yes and it floated! And then at last he had Pepsi and asked if it would float and most said yes and guess what, it didn’t! He asked why and lots of people had lots of ideas and then Ava said because there’s more sugar in Pepsi than Coke and it was right.
Today we had a science fair. We asked the parents to come in and watch us do our science experiments. Some of us went in groups of two. I went with Jack and our experiment was called an ‘Alka-Seltzer Explosion’.
All of are experiments went great.
The two best that I would pick is the Alka-Seltzer Explosion and the Volcano from Patrick and Laoise.
We had a good day then we had a surprise at the end of the day. The teacher made sure we all were in the classroom. And it was aaaaaaaa………robot made from Lego.
And that finished the day with playing with the robots so are day was good.
Today we had a Science fair. I did the ‘Glow-in-the-dark-water’ to make the water glow. I got a glass of water. Then I snapped open a #
highlighter and inside there is a sponge filled with ink. I squeezed all the ink in to the water.
Then I held an ultraviolet light over the cup and the water glowed very eerily and you could see all the chemicals. It was amazing!
Today we had a lot of expirements going on in our classroom. We had so much fun doing them.
I was the fourth one to do our expirement. John and I did the Inflating balloon. We did it once but then it didn’t really work but then we did it a second time and it worked perfectly.
We worked really hard on this through the week and everybody worked hard aswell.
Science Fair was really fun. I really enjoyed it!
For science week my class did the dancing raisins experiment .First we got a cup of water. Then we put the raisins in the water and then we looked. They had sank. Then we got a cup of 7up. We put the raisins in . The raisins went up and down. This happened because the co2 was trying to escape .
We did a candle needs oxygen experiment. We got a candle. Then we lit the candle and we put a glass cup over the candle.The candle went out . Then we put the cup over the candle when the candle nearly went out we took it away quickly.The candle lit again because the oxygen was allowed in again.
We made lava lamps too. We got a bottle.Then we added water.Then we added oil. Then we add food colouring. Then we add Alkaselter tablets . This produced Co 2 which caused bubbles to rise up and down in the bottle. It was cool.
Declan the Scientist and Engineer
Last Tuesday a man called Declan came into our school to do science experiments and some engineerign with us.( I am not going to name them all but I will name my favourites.)
The first thing he did was to make two Hot Air Balloons. For the first one he used a toaster, a cardboard box and a plastic bag. He placed the carboard box around the toaster and then placed the plastic bag on top of the carboard box. He then turned on the toaster and the plastic bag went flying into the air because the toasted heated the air and the air rose up bringing the plastic bag with it.
The next one was used with one of those fancy teabags. He lit it as it went on fire it went flying into the air and burned out. It was really cool. (He had done a lot more but i cannot remember them all.)
Once he had done about tmakeen experiments in Muinteoir Debrah’s class with us he came up to our room to a rolleracoaster. The reason he didnt do it in Muinteoir Debrah’s class was because the Junior and Senoir infants had to go home and it would be too hard for 1st and 2nd.
When we started the rollercoaster it was coming out really cool. When we were nearly done it was time to go home so Muinteoir Marín said we could finish it in the morning. But to our amazment the tower was down on the ground. It must have fallen in the middle of the night but anyways it was a lot of fun.
My favourite thing was probably the rollercoaster. I really enjoyed Declans visit and I am very sad that he won’t be coming for another year… and I won’t be there :-(.
from Shauna’s blog
On Wednesday Declan came to our school. He did experiments with us.
The first one he did was with a big air balloon. He got a plastic bag and put it on a toaster the it flew right up into the sky. He also got a gourmet tea bag the made a 3D cuboid with it and lit it on fire and it flew in the sky too.
He also got a light. It was called an ultra violet light. When you shine it on some paper money, it can tell if money is real or not.
After he was finished he came up to our classroom and made a paper rollercoster but sadly it collapsed. Maybe we will get to make it again some day!
We had a great time with Declan and we hope he comes back again.
From Jack’s Blog
On Tuesday a scientist called Declan came to our school to a show with us all kinds of things to do with science and engineering.
First he showed us how the earth moves around the sun and the four seasons. He then showed us two hot air balloons. He did lots more experiments with us but my favourite was the balloon race. Six people went up (three at a time) got a balloon and aimed for the window. Then they let go to make the balloon go.
When the juniors went home, the senior classes started to construct a paper rollercoaster. We made a skyscraper out of plastic beams and paper to hold it and stuck the together with duct tape. We the started to make the track out of paper. We added funnels and spirals to make it cooler. At 3’o’ clock we had it half done. But when we came into school the next day it was on the floor. It must have fallen over during the night- but we wil have another go!
Yesterday my teacher showed us a new electronic device. It is called VRH: Virtual Reality Headset on Google Cardboard.
When you look into it you can see somewhere else in the world without actually being there! When you look up in real life, you look up in the headset and you can see the sky. If you look down you can see the footpath underneath you and so on so forth. We looked at the Eiffel Tower, it was like we were right underneath it!
You could see all the people around the tower frozen. I really enjoyed it. We also looked at the Louvre Museum. it was very cool as well.
from Siobhan’s Blog
Today I’m writing about Google cardboard. Google cardboard is a thing were you put your phone in the front of your cardboard, look into the the cardboard and look around. You feel you can see all around you. You can pick a picture of anything like but we chose the Eiffel Tower. You have to download an app called Street Viewon your phone first.
I wish I had one☹️
from John’s Blog 😀
Our teacher has got a Google cardboard. You put an iPhone in the goolel cardboard and look all around you.
We saw the Eiffel tower and the Louvre where the Mona Lisa is kept .
It may not look interesting but it is really cool.
from Aoibhe’s blog
Today we did science experiments 🎉✨💥
My favourite three were: the balloon rocket🎈💫 volcano and make a rocket
I also liked jacks experiment. He did ” make a rocket “. He got alka seltzer, a film canister, blu tac and water. He filled the film canister quarter way up and put blue tac on the lid. He put the lid on and shook it and left it on the the table. It shot up and made a big bang it was great !✨⚡️🎊🎉💥
Yesterday, 3rd of June, a man called Declan (from Science Ireland)came to our school to talk about science, technology and engineering!
Firstly, we all gathered in the junior room, at around 11 o’clock and he gave us stuff to do. We did motion pictures, and if you are blank about that, it’s where we got a piece of card, he put 2 holes on the two sides of it and elastic bands through them, tied them, and we drew a picture on one side and another on the other side (e.g a man falling off a cliff and on the other side he is landed in the water) and when you twist it around again and again with the elastics, it looks like a little one clip movie.
Then, we did paper areoplanes but not the typical ones, ones with straw and paper circles so when they flew (some went well some not) the wind would push through the circles making it fly. We also did other fun stuff!
He also told us about what was going to be invented in the future which caught all our attention. Every time he told us something new (e.g about a digital wallpaper which is already invented but costs the price of a house) we all were like “woahhhhh”
Over all, it turned out to be a great, interesting lesson! Everyone, including the teachers were astonished with all he told us about the future and how science works. I think the number of people wanting to be scientists or engineers, just got higher!
My school in Inver actually had a real scientist (yes you heard me correctly) in our school!! The scientist’s name was Declan. He made lots of cool art pieces with us,
(1) First we made ‘motion pictures’. On one side we drew a picture of something about to happen…and then flipped it over from the top. We had two elastic bands and we tied them onto the picture and twisted them at about 20km a hour. It moved as if it was a movie. Movies use the same technique as that but with 24 pictures a second!
The ‘motion pictures’ were my favourite although we did a moving woodpecker and a straw and paper aeroplane.
In our classroom Declan told us about the technological future. There is going to be a watch that cures cancer! And turns into a phone. A real tablet, And!!! When you throw it at a wall it turns into a 32inch TV. Ok.. I really want one! And hoverboards are in progress of being made right now!!! With copper wires in the footpath you can now fly!🚀🚀🚀🚀✈️✈️✈️✈️🐤🐤🐤🐦🐤🐦🐤
From Siobhan’s Blog
Today we were doing fun things with Declan who is a scientist.
We made things like motion cards, aeroplanes and wood peckers.
This is how you make the motion cards: first get a piece of cardboard put a hole each side then draw a picture on both sides and spin it around.
I recommend you have a day like today because Declan told us about the future.
From Jack’s Blog
Today a scientist/engineer called Declan came to our school.
First he showed us a piece of card with two drawings. He spun it round fast and then it looked like the drawings were one. Afterwards, we made our own ones. I made a pool table with a man.
Then we made hoop planes. It’s basically a straw with two hoops on it but mine and Mikey’s didn’t fly very well. After big break we made Woodpeckers. It was cool.
Then Declan came up to our room and told us about the future’s gadgets. It was a fun day.
Today a man called Declan came to our school to do some science with us. The first thing he did with us was with a piece of paper. He had a picture of a gold fish bowl ( but it looked a little like a horse shoe) on one side and on the back he had a picture of a fish. He attached two elastic bands. Then he started to spin it around. It looked like the fish was in the bowl. He then let all of us have a go. Mine was a picture of a girl happy and then sad.
The next thing he did with us was an aeroplane. It was made with two straws and to strips of card. You make one small shape and then a bigger shape. It was really cool and he let us make our own one too.
Our final thing was a wood pecker. It was basically that when you put a straw on an elastic band it vibrates. So when you have the wood pecker on it looks like like its pecking .
Finally he came into our class and told us about the future. The is going to be loads of new devices. I really hope that Declan comes again to tell us about other stuff.
😍 By Shauna😍
Today, the 3rd of June 2015, a man called Declan came to our school to talk to us about science and engineering. This time last year he came too, and he was very interesting.
When he arrived in our school, our room, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th class, went down to the small room so he could talk about science to us, as well as the younger students.
He started with talking to us about pictures and how years ago, in movies, that instead of a video they would take lots of pictures and put them together so that when you would watch the pictures, about 24 pictures per second, your brain thinks that it’s a video clip. Then after he finished talking to us about that, he showed us a demonstration of the moving pictures, but it was one he had drawn himself. On one side there was an empty goldfish bowl and on the other side of the paper there was a goldfish on its own. Also, on the two sides of the paper there were two holes punched and tied into both of them were two elastic bands, so he could flip the paper back and forth easily. When he explained to us about the piece of paper he started flipping the page back and forth really fast, and it made it look like the goldfish was inside the goldfish bowl! We were all amazed! Declan told us that the reason it looked like the goldfish was inside of the bowl was because when the picture is flipped back and forth, our brains trick us and instead of being able to think that the two pictures are separate, it makes it look like the two are the same. Then, Declan told us that we could have a go! We all tried to brainstorm an idea for our own drawings. In the end I decided to draw a radio with music notes around it. Once we were all finished we showed them to Declan and he really liked them all.
Then Declan went on to something different. He showed us how to make a small plane that was made out of two straws, paper and cellotape. We were all told to pick a younger student as our partner for making the plane. I picked Kayleigh. What you had to do was to get two straws and cut them a small bit and cellotape them together so they will be secure. Then you get your paper and cut it. Then, along with your partner, you can choose one, two, or even three shapes that you would like to use in your design and once you have them picked, you can fold the paper into those shapes and attach them to the straws with cellotape! Then you are ready to fly your plane! My and Kayleigh’s plane flew well, but it didn’t fly great, unfortunately. Once all of the plane excitement was over, it was time for break.
After break we went back into the small room again and this time we made a woodpecker out of paper, a small straw, cellotape and an elastic band. We were once again told to pick a younger student as a partner and I went with Kayleigh again. Together, we coloured in the woodpecker on a piece of paper and once we were done, I cut out the bird and it’s wings. Then we went up to Declan and got a small straw, an elastic band and some cellotape. Kayleigh and I cellotaped the straw to the middle of the paper bird. Then we cellotaped the bird together and threaded the broken elastic band through the straw. Kayleigh then pulled on the elastic band the bird was on and suddenly the bird started to climb down the elastic, and it made it look like it was pecking the elastic! It was really cool! After that, it was time to go up to our own classroom again.
After a little bit, Declan decided to come up to our classroom. He spoke to us about the future, and different types of gadgets that will or might be invented in the future. My favourite thing that he spoke about was electronic wallpaper. He said that it actually exists right now but it is very expensive. What happens is you cover a wall with wallpaper, like you would usually do, but here’s the twist, at the bottom of the wall, where the wallpaper ends, there is a wire. Using that wire you can change the wall paper to whatever you want!! You can even make the room a giant television!!!! Declan also said that in some aeroplanes they might start taking out the windows and replacing them with this wallpaper, so that they can still show the outside! Declan also spoke about a watch that can detect if there are any cancer cells in your arm! Just before he left, Declan wanted us girls to remember that science and engineering aren’t just boy’s subjects, girls can do them too.
I really enjoyed Declan’s visit to our school and I really liked the different things he did with us, like the moving pictures, the aeroplanes and the woodpeckers! I also thought that the talk he gave to us older students was really good and interesting! I think that science and engineering are really cool now but I’m not really sure if I would like to do anything like that when I grow up.
A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun , and totally or partly obscures the image of the Sun for a viewer on Earth. A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon’s apparent diameter is larger than the Sun, blocking all direct sunlight, turning day into darkness.
On Friday morning, 92% of the Sun will be covered in an almost total eclipse!
(This information is from http://astronomy.ie/solareclipsemarch2015.php)
NB:Looking at the Sun is dangerous and can result in serious and permanent damage to the eyes. The only way to look at the Sun is indirectly or through a filter.
See an interesting video on solar eclipses here: https://youtu.be/_201ttTSG30