Each year it is with bated breath that we await one of the most vibrant, fun-filled and educational weeks of the year: Science Week! It is true that Science is part of every week in St.Colmcille’s GNS but Science Week brings everyone together from children and adults, to scientists, engineers and technologists and is designed to spark curiosity, inspire imagination and unleash the potential that can help shape the future. So every year we make an extra effort to go Science crazy for a week and this year was no different – it was all systems go throughout the school!
The week got off to a flying start with 3 D Printing Dublin conducting a fascinating workshop with 5th and 6th class. The girls learnt all about the different uses of 3 D printing in such diverse areas as forensics, prototyping, dentistry, medicine and more. They were fascinated to see the range of materials it was possible to print in – from plastic to glass, ceramics to metal and even gold, silver and bronze!
A Marine Litter Education Workshop funded by Fingal Co Council was conducted in 3rd class. It was a fascinating exploration of the wonders of the underwater world and the impact litter has on that environment. We had a visit by a marine biologist who worked through the problems caused by litter and possible solutions to help keep this environment safe for all marine life .This was facilitated by group work and afterwards the girls designed and decorated their own reusable fabric bags.
The noble art of Falconry was celebrated with all classes from Juniors to 4th class. The idea was education through experience – as a number of trained falcons, hawks and owls were brought on site as well as falconry equipment such as gloves, hoods, telemetry, jesses and leashes. The birds were tethered to perches and the viewing area was cordoned off with a rope. Each bird was then placed on the falconer’s glove and an information talk was given on type, origin, diet, age etc of each bird. A display was then held with a trained owl flying through some volunteer teachers outstretched arms!
A number of very interesting talks by two of our parent volunteers took place – Nutrition by PJ Fitzpatrick was delivered to Senior Infants and Microbiology by Ann O’Brien (lecturer in Killester College) took place in 4th class. Ann even left her microscope with 4th class for a week so they could continue work on some mould samples when she had left! We thank our parents most sincerely and see great value in fostering good home/school links.
We also love to foster links with local secondary schools and our 5th classes were delighted to be invited to Fingal Community College to visit their Science Fair. It’s always lovely to say hello to some past pupils !
We had a visit by scientists from Trinity College Dublin who conducted a number experiments for our 3rd classes. Chris and Megan, our friendly scientists, took the girls through a series of experiments based around sound and electricity.
A jam packed week was made even more exciting by a design and make competition. We were overwhelmed by the standard of entries and have been inundated with compliments from visitors as they drop by and see the work on display. Winners will be announced shortly…
Special thanks to Ms O’Connell and her team ( Ms Enright, Ms Lineen, Ms McEneaney and Ms Murphy) for organising such a fun event.