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Timoleague National School, Bandon
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Science Blast 2023

23rd May 2023

Evidence shows that at this age children are more open to the possibilities of STEM than students in later academic years, with positive experiences potentially having a lasting effect. ESB Science Blast asks an entire primary school class to investigate a question they are curious about and to present their findings at one of our showcase days. During the showcases, STEM judges talk to the children about their investigation, providing constructive feedback. The children also attend fun-filled science-themed shows and interact with stands organised by our various funders or receive packs that allow them to celebrate via their own in-school showcase events.

We were delighted to have had 2 classes accepted to showcase their project at the ESB Science Blast in Limerick last Tuesday May 23rd. 3rd class and 6th class got to exhibit their investigations into sound waves and waste respectively, see the amazing work of other students from around the country, attend some fascinating science demonstrations and even met real life astronaut Dr. Norah Patten. Well done to all involved, Mrs Gleeson, Ms Keohane, Mrs O’Donovan & Mrs McCarthy.

Feedback from the judges;

3rd class – “Is it possible to see sound waves?”

“The question was clear, can you see Sound Waves? The class well demonstrated the effects of sound on salt and rice, proving sound waves exist and can cause vibrations whilst demonstrating that the waves are invisible. The presentation further explored the variances of pitches and amptitude. Evidence was recorded via video and presented very well on the wall charts. The class were motivated and enthusiastic demonstrating their findings and conclusions. The poster science report was excellent. Colourful, descriptive and detailed. Well done Timoleague!”

Feedback from the judges;

6th class – “What you dispose down the drain matters?”

“Super Duper Project! I was blown away with your scientific reporting – well done. Your project was so comprehensive, very well reported especially conclusions and results. I really liked your project related to sealife as you are near the estuary, and impressive that you recycled the shells. Your experiment was very thorough (even if the millk was a bit stinky). The change in th elight v dark was super interesting. I was not expecting that milk would make such a change to the shells, I will never pour gone off milk down the drain after seeing the results. I was delighted to hear that this was the second experiment that you did and interestingly that there was a difference between tap and sea water. Your presentaiton was super! You were all super articulate, very well presented. I hope you all keep up the amazing science & keep experimenting – you could try even more chemicals or even different shells. Well done again guys!”

We were especially proud to have our image selected as the lead image for the photos of the day from around the world selected by The Irish Times Sport of Katie & Caoimhe as they tested sound vibrations.