Boys were boning up on their fossils during science week. As part of Science Week, Ms. Lally paid a visit to Ms. Redmond's Fourth Class, teaching them how to think, act like and BE a scientist! The boys had great fun working on The Great Fossil Find where they made inferences about fossils. Is it a dinosaur? Is it a frog? No, it's a CAT!
Our Aistear programme for infants is in full swing and last week the boys enjoyed some science topics - building bridges, experimenting with black pepper and rice krispies, magnetic cans, floating and sinking, magnetic rods and, one of our favourites, an evaporation stick (first picture).
As part of science week, Ms. Gallagher's first class boys explored 'the five senses' with special attention to taste. They completed an investigation to figure out which part of the tongue tasted bitter, sour, sweet and salty flavours through a 'taste test'. We learnt a lot and got to enjoy some tasty treats at the same time.
Mr. Smyth's 5th class competed in the Inter mini scientist competition on Thursday. The boys put a huge amount of work into their projects and both parents and judges were extremely impressed with the boys' level of knowledge. Sadly there can only be one winner and that was CSI team: Sam, Rory, Conor and Kevin. They will go on to represent St. Pius in the regional finals in December.
St. Pius X was most fortunate last year to receive a seed grant of 4,000 euro from Intel to build an extensive science library. The money was put to very good use: the school invested in various types of Lego to develop the boys' knowledge of construction, gears, levers, pulleys and programming.
Mr. Murtagh's fifth class were more than happy to display the lego and show their parents what it can do. A big thank you to Niall Moore for all of his help in securing the grant. Lego is a fantastic resource which the boys of St. Pius will enjoy for many years to come.