Bhí ceolchoirm le laghaidh seachtain na Gaeilge sa scoil inniu. I rang a dó sheinneamar 'Galway Shawl' agus 'Rattlin' Bog' ar an bhfeadóg stáin. Ansin, chanamar an amhrán 'Cuir do Lámh ar do Chos' agus rinneamar an 'Haka Ghaelach'. Faoi dheireadh rinceamar le 'Shoe the Donkey'. Bhaineamar an-taitneamh as.
Today we discussed a very prevalent topic: germs and how they spread. We learned about Ignaz Semmelweis a hungarian scientist (born 1818) who discovered that germs could be spread through human touch and not just through the air as most scientists of his time believed. He was the first doctor to promote hand washing in hospitals and in doing so the spread of infection in the hospital he worked in dropped from 15% to 1%. We then did an experiment to see how germs spread through hand shaking. Take a look at our experiment.
Last week we celebrated Engineering Week 2020! We learned all about the various different types of engineering, from mechanical and biomedical to sound and aeronautical.
We also were lucky enough to have 3 guest speakers come into us to talk about their lines of work. On Thursday Sarah and Lizanne came in to talk to us about Biomedical Engineering. They set us a challenge whereby we had to make a table using newspaper, which was strong enough to hold a heavy book (easier said than done we can assure you!) On Friday Culann McCabe came in to tell us all about Sound Engineering. He showed us a really cool computer programme which he uses and some of us got to have a go at it!
We also took part in a few engineering challenges of our own - at the beginning of the week we created "Spaghetti towers" and "Spaghetti 3D Shapes" and on Friday afternoon, we put all our newfound skills and knowledge to the test in our "Newspaper Construction Challenge". For this 2 of our groups were asked to design and build a tall tower using only Newspaper and masking tape while the other 2 groups were asked to design and create a cage that 2 people could fit into! We learned a lot about the importance of planning & teamwork when it comes to engineering!! Take a look at some of the photos from the week!
This week was engineers week. We had Ronan Coffey, an engineer, come to speak to us about his work and all the important things engineers do. We also worked with 6th class to be engineers ourselves! We worked with the Lego We do and the spheros.
We had a great time learning about engineering in 5th class during Engineers Week with Lizanne and Sarah (Biomedical Engineers) and Culann (Electrical Engineer).
We built different types of bridges this week. We tested to see how strong they were by using small teddies, dolls and coins. We counted the objects to see how many objects made our bridge collapse. We really enjoyed pretending to be real engineers for the day.
We have had a busy week with Engineers Week in the school. The excitement started when we received our fish tank from Galway Aquarium. We learned about the importance of our oceans and how necessary it is for us to care for them. Our task for the month is to care for a number of sea creatures. We will have to feed them, monitor the temperature and filter as well as naming them!
We were also paid a visit by two Biomedical Engineers. They talked in depth about their work and the kids were in awe of what they do daily. They also set us a task- where we had to build a table using simply cardboard, newspaper and tape!
A huge thanks to Pauric, Lizanne & Sarah for a truly enjoyable day!
Sarah and Lizanne who are studying Biomedical Engineering in N.U.I.G visited 5th class today. They explained what they are studying to us and showed us knee and hip replacements. It was very interesting. They gave us a task to build a table at least six inches high that was capable of holding books using newspaper, cardboard and tape. We created some very impressive tables:
On Tuesday we had our 'Day of Action'. Each classes from 1st-6th displayed projects based on the theme Global Citizenship-Travel. We are all making one small change to help the environment and reduce global warming.. Caitríona Cunningham from An Táisce came in to see all our great work and we are now well on the way to getting our 9th green flag.
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