We made crystals in class yesterday. To do this experiment you need a jar, a jug, a pencil, boiling water, some thread, a paper clip and salt. First we put some boiling water into a jug. We then poured salt into the jug and stirred it to dissolve the salt. You keep putting in salt until it stops dissolving. Then you leave the water to cool. When it is cool, pour the water and salt mixture into a jar. Next, tie a paper clip to a piece of thread. Tie the other end to a pencil and drop it into the jar. It shouldn’t touch the bottom or the side of the jar. Leave it somewhere to cool fully overnight. Crystals will appear on the thread. It was good fun doing this experiment.

By Marc and Anna Cl

We are doing a food science experiment. We want to see which type of food gets bad first. We got plates and put food on them. These are the foods we put on the plates: a half eaten apple, a piece of cooked ham. some cheese, some bread, a cut grape, a melon skin and a piece of banana. We are going to observe the food to see what happens. We are trying to predict what will happen and what will go bad first. We think that the banana or the apple will go bad first. We think the bread will go mouldy. We think the banana will go black. We think that the grape will dry up and shrivel. We will watch the food over the next week to see what will happen.

By Rang I

After one week the cheese has gone really hard. The banana has gone really black and has stuck to the plate. The ham has gone hard. The melon skin has really shrunk and curled. The apple has gone brown but we thought it would have gone more brown. None of the things grew blue mould. The grape has shrunk. The bread has gone very hard, but we thought it would have gone blue mould.

We did an experiment in class about the Water Cycle. You need a large bowl, a small sugar bowl, cling film and a sliotar. We put the sugar bowl into the large bowl and put hot water into the large bowl. Then we put the cling film on top of the large bowl. Then we put the sliotar on top of the cling film in the middle. We waited for a while. Steam began to rise. When it hit the cling film it made tiny drops and the drops then roll down the cling film and into the sugar bowl. This showed us how the water from the sea evaporates into the clouds and makes rain.

By Rang I


Pink Bottle 01

Today we did an experiment for Science Week. For this experiment you need vinegar, washing up liquid, food colouring, bread soda and an empty bottle. Pour vinegar into the bottle until 3/4 full. Put a large squirt of washing up liquid into the bottle. Then we put food colouring into the bottle. Mix the ingredients together by twirling the bottle. Make a funnel with paper and pour a heaped teaspoon of bread soda into the bottle. An explosion happens! The vinegar is an acid, the bread soda is a base. When they mix they create carbon dioxide which causes a fizz or bubbles. It was great fun to watch and it was our last experiment for Science Week.

By Rang I

Pink Bottle 02

Pink Bottle 03



It’s Science Week this week ! We used the ‘10,000 Science Fact’ App on our iPods to find out some interesting Science facts! These are our favourites!!!


Eating one apple adds 5 minutes to a person’s life.

Moon was Buzz Aldrin’s mother’s maiden name!

Contrary to popular belief, lightning travels from the ground upwards and not the other way around!

200,000lbs of space dust falls on to the earth everyday!

Over 200million M&M’s are sold daily inAmerica.



A cockroach can live a week without its head, it only dies because it can’t drink water.

Baseball sized hailstones killed 246 people inIndiain 1888.

Leonardo Da Vinci was the first person to come up with the idea of contact lenses.

55% of people yawn within 5 minutes of seeing someone else yawn.

A leech has 32 brains!



A butterfly has 12,000 eyes!

A bucket full of water contains more atoms than there are bucketfuls of water in theAtlantic Ocean.

33% of dog owners admit to talking to their dogs on the phone!

‘Clinophobia’ is a fear of beds!

Hawaii is moving towards Japan at a rate of 10cms a year!

100,000 cubic feet of water passes over the Niagara Falls every second.

400 Quarter Pounders can be made from one cow!

A ball of glass will bounce higher than a ball of rubber.

If you drop a raisin into a glass of fresh champagne it’ll continually bounce up and down.

Every year our eyes blink 4,200,000 times each!

700 Million people throughout the earth have blood sucking hook worms living in their body.

A 100lbs man on earth would weigh 38lbs on Mars.

Assuming Rudolph stays in front, there are 40,320 ways that you can arrange the other reindeer!!!!!

In the USA between 1975-1995 there were only 4 states without earthquakes,Florida,Iowa,North Dakota and Wisconsin.

A lion’s roar can be heard from 5 miles away.

A heavy chicken house, 16 by 16 feet in area, was picked up by a tornado and wedged between two trees. The hens were found the next day sitting on their eggs in the chicken house, with no windows broken, as if nothing had happened!

A snail can sleep for 3 years straight!!!

A baby enchida  is called a ‘puggle’.

27% of Americans believe that we never landed on the moon.

9/10 lightning strike victims survive.

A man once sued his doctor for surviving cancer longer than the doctor said he would.


By 6th Class 🙂

Science Experiment

Today we did a science experiment for Science Week. For the experiment you need a paper plate, a glass and some water. We filled the glass with water to the top. Then we put the paper plate on top of the glass and turned it upside down. The water didn’t fall out of the plastic cup. This was because gravity was pushing the water down but the atmospheric pressure was pushing the plate up to the plastic cup preventing water from falling out. Then we tried the experiment with the glass half full of water. This time the paper plate fell off and the water fell out of the glass.

By Jaime and Anna Ca (Rang I)

Balloon Trick

Today we did a science experiment for Science Week. We got balloons and a knitting needle for the experiment. We blew up the balloon until there was some dark balloon left at the bottom and at the top. Then we pushed the knitting needle through the bottom of the balloon first and then it came out through the top. The balloon did not burst because the bottom of the balloon was not stretched. We also blew up another balloon and pushed the knitting needle through the side. This time the balloon burst because the rubber on the side of the balloon was stretched.

By Ben and Anna (Rang I)

Rainbow Milk 01

This morning we did a science experiment for Science Week. For this experiment we needed food colouring, cotton wool, full fat milk, washing up liquid and some shallow plates. We had to pour the milk into the plates and let it settle. Then we poured the food colouring into the milk. We had yellow and red food colouring. The food colouring settled on top of the milk. Then we got the cotton wool and dipped it into the washing up liquid. We then held the cotton wool steady in the milk and it broke the chemical bond holding the fat in the milk together. Then the food colouring spread out into the milk and made lovely pictures and patterns. It was great fun.

By Rang I

Rainbow Milk 02

Rainbow Milk 03

Last week we went on a minibeast hunt.  We followed the Conservation Code:

  • Search care f u l l y
  • Handle animals with care
  • Replace stones and logs
  • Observe, draw and re c o rd if possible, rather than handling
  • Return animals to habitats as soon as possible

What is the Xperience Engineering Challenge?

Xperience Engineering is a program run by Engineers Ireland for primary schools. The project is divided into 2 categories, 3rd/4th Class and 5th/6th Class. The top 20 projects from each of the categories will be chosen to represent their school at the Xperience Engineering National Final in the Helix in Dublin in June.


This years theme is ‘Engineering a Cleaner World’. We chose to research wave energy, focusing on the prospect of harnessing it in Strandhill. We chose this because

  • It’s a relatively new source of renewable energy
  • It would be good for the west coast
  • It’s local.

Part of the project was getting 6 K’Nex kits in your school for 2 weeks. We had lots of fun with them!




The project runs for 4 months, from December to April. We have had learned lots so far and have put a lot of our project together.

By Oisín S, Emer H & Luke


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