Now that Spring is here we are thinking ahead and making a start on our planting. Mr. Daly’s class took the lead and using a buddy system helped Mrs. Kelly’s class plant some lovely herbs and vegetables. Using a little compost, some seeds and water we planted cucumber, lettuce, spinach, basil and dill just to name but a few. We will leave them in a sunny area and hopefully in the a few weeks we will be making a delicious salad with these lovely ingredients.
We were so excited to become scientists for the morning when the Cell Explorers Roadshow came to visit the school. The aim of this roadshow was to allow us to get a hands on experience with DNA through experiments and activities. A team of scientists from the Athlone Institute of Technology came and changed our classroom into what seemed like a real laboratory and helped us with the first activity which was to extract DNA from a banana. After we talked about cells and how they are the basic unit of living things we then learned about the role of DNA and how it affects aspects of how we look.
We then got to extract some DNA from a banana using special equipment and solutions. We even got to take a test tube of the DNA we extracted during the experiment.
That was only half of our work completed! In our next activity we learned about the structure of DNA. We finished our session by building a 3D model of DNA using plastic shapes. It was such an interesting day and we really enjoyed being scientists for the morning.
Building a bird’s nest.
Mrs. Kelly’s class had the task of designing and building a nest to keep a bird’s egg safe and warm. It had to be big enough to hold one egg and had to be made using lollipop sticks and cotton wool. See how they got on…..