Bunscoil Rinn an Chabhlaigh

Rushbrooke, Cobh, Co. Cork

STEAM!

As a whole school we are always looking at the work we do and aim to make small changes which will lead to better teaching, learning and outcomes for pupils. This year 2018/19 we have decided to focus on Science and getting our students to think scientifically though exploration and discovery. The whole focus comes under the term STEAM which is Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths. We’ll be aiming to incorporate all these things in scientific activities!

Some of the things happening so far…

  • Surveys sent to parents and to teachers for their input.
  • Donation of €1000 from a parent in the school on behalf of ON Semiconductor
  • Staff Training from Discover Primary Science and Maths (check out their website at www.sfi.ie)
  • ‘Designer Minds’ have set up an after school club in the school… keep an eye out if you’re interested!
  • Rang III and IV had a visit from a scientist and brought petri dishes home full to watch bacteria grow!
  • Parents’ Council will be offering this year’s fundraising proceeds to improve our Scientific resources in the classroom
  • VEX Robotics Club has started! They will be building a robot, programming it and getting it to perform tasks on an obstacle course… against other schools!

Keep an eye on this page for updates and please get in touch if you have an idea that you can share with us!

  • Science Experiment – Light - In Ms. Thompson's class we discussed the Dark Sky Reserve in Co. Kerry and we watched an interesting YouTube clip showing the beauty of the unpolluted night sky. We then discussed the causes of light pollution and investigated its effects on our night skies! We had to go into the darkest room in the school to Continue Reading
  • 2nd Class plant bulbs in the school garden - 2nd class recently looked at the different things that are needed for plants to grow. They conducted an experiment in class with Cress seeds and they established what was needed - sunlight, soil, water and air. After this they went and planted a variety of different bulbs in the school garden. We all look forward Continue Reading
  • Ms. Hopkins’ class investigate waterproof materials! - Science experiment – is it waterproof ? We looked at different materials; paper, plastic, metal and fabric and did an experiment to see which were waterproof and which weren’t. First we made our predictions, and then we wrapped a teddy in each of the materials and dunked him in the basin of water. We discovered Continue Reading
  • Miss Clifford’s Moon, meteorites and craters! - We have been exploring the Solar System and visited some of the planets and Moon.  Our class replicated craters on our very own chocolate moon surface. First:  We build our surface with flour and cocoa. Next:  Find lots of heavy, light, big and small spherical objects and launch! Last: Explore depth and size of craters! Continue Reading
  • Maths Week Ireland 13th – 21st October 2018 - Maths Week Ireland 13th - 21st October 2018 Lots of events organised nationwide. Information can be found on http://www.mathsweek.ie/2018/  
  • Spuds in the Mud! - This week all the sixth classes planted potatoes in the school garden. We learned about seed dispersal and how animals help in spreading seeds. We also learned about tubers, rhizomes and corms. We planted crocus and potatoes in three steps. Step 1.Start digging a trench that’s 10 cm deep and 1 m long {depends on Continue Reading
  • Mrs O’ Sullivan’s class experimenting in Coisceim - TRANSPARENT or OPAQUE?   We checked different materials to see if they were transparent or opaque!
  • Designer Minds visit our school! - 3rd and 4th class were very lucky to have a visit from Michael from Designer Minds this week. They engaged in an activity which allowed them to look at bacteria and they were lucky enough to bring home their own samples! Designer Minds is a company that run STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths) courses Continue Reading