Science in SCN 2017-2018

This is Ms Tyrrell and she is our Science Co-ordinator in SCN.


She loves all things Science and works very hard to bring interesting and exciting Science experiences to the pupils in our school. Under her stewardship, we have achieved several awards in Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths. This school year, we are working towards yet another Discovery Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths Awards of Excellence.

We have a Science Noticeboard in our school hall. Ms Tyrrell encourage us to use our ‘Science Eyes’ and to Stop, Think, Wonder, Ask and Learn…. as the great men and women of Science have done.

Discovery Science and Maths Programme in SCN

Our school has participated in the Discovery Science Programme for several years. Teachers in various classes teach their pupils many interesting science lessons and the children had the opportunity to carry out a wide variety of scientific experiments. Hence our school was awarded five Discovery Science Awards of Excellence. In recent years the programme required mathematics to be integrated into science lessons. We have been awarded three Discovery Science & Maths Awards of Excellence. In 2015 technology, and engineering in addition to mathematics had to incorporated into our teaching and learning in science. We have received two awards  in achieving the Discovery Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths Awards of Excellence under the stewardship of Ms Tyrrell our Science Co-ordinator. In summary  our school to date has been awarded five Discovery Science Awards of Excellence, three Discovery Science & Maths Awards of Excellence and two Discovery Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths Awards of Excellence.  Ms Tyrrell has also implemented the Agri Aware Incredible Edibles Programme with her class.

Science Activities 2017-2018

We got our 12th  STEM Award in June

Our Science Coordinator announced to the staff and pupils at a year end that we had been awarded our 12th Plaque of STEM Excellence for the school year 2017 2018. Ms Tyrell and the staff are extremely proud of the achievements of all the children in our school. Ms Tyrell put the logbook of experiments into a powerpoint this year and received some very positive feedback from the judges. They were very impressed with all the fantastic experiments and projects and particularly liked how we share what we learn with each other.

Ms Tyrell also congratulated her own Junior Infant Class who took part in an ‘Incredible Edible’ project this year where they ate lots of fruit and veg which they planted in pots in their room and then moved out to the outdoors vegetable patch. They planted turnips, strawberrys, chives, carrots, spinach, lettuce and potatoes. They learned about how different foods are made and also were tasked with looking for the Bord Bia sign when grocery shopping with their parents. During Healthy Eating Week in May, the class recorded the fruit and veg they ate. Well done, room 3 on a fantastic and very busy years work!!!

Engineers Week 2018

Ms Tyrell launched Engineers Week in SCN at morning assembly on Monday the 26th of February. She spoke to the pupils about the important steps involved in the design process these being: asking questions, imagining solutions, planning and creating and improving. Several pupils from the senior classes helped our Science Co-Ordinator by acting out the roles of different types of engineers.

As part of Engineers Week the pupils were tasked with designing and creating an engineering project of their choice. The creations that came in to school were simply fantastic and were displayed in our school hall for everyone to enjoy.

And the winners were……..

As part of Engineers Weeks also, some classes went on field trips to observe and talk to engineers in person. Mrs Greally’s Fourth Class visited the Alice Perry Engineering Building in NUIG.

Space Week (October 4th-10th)

My Tyrrell with help from Andy the Astronaut (aka, Mr Byrne from room 6) launched ‘Space Week’ in Scoil Chroí Naofa on Tuesday the 3rd of October.



During an action-packed morning assembly, Ms Tyrrell taught us a lot of interesting facts about space travel and more specifically about the role of the astronaut in space exploration. We learned that:

  • Astronauts sleep in bags which are strapped down to stop them from floating about. They even have to tuck or tie down their arms to stop them from waving about!!
  • Astronauts learn to spacewalk under water
  • They have to wear seat belts to stop themselves from floating away when they use the toilet!!
  • Space stretches you!! An astronaut could come back as much as five centimetres taller!!!
  • Astronauts wear a life support unit which provides oxygen for them to breathe as well as pumping cooled liquid around their spacesuits to keep them at the right temperature

Take a look at Andy the Astronaut going about his daily tasks on the Space Station. As you can see from the photos, Andy had to be strapped into his bed when sleeping and into his chair when eating in case he floated away!!!


DID YOU KNOW????? The International Space Station (ISS) is a satellite the size of a football field which is managed by the space agencies of Canada, Europe, Japan, Russia and the United States. The ISS is a space laboratory that is home to dozens of scientific experiments and the astronauts who conduct them. The first part of the ISS was launched into space in 1998. It has been occupied continuously since 2000. There have been at least three people on the ISS at any given moment since 2000. Crews are always coming and going, and stay for typically a few months at a time.



Ms Tyrell, our Science Co-Ordinator, got science Week off with a bang on Monday the 13th of November when she launched a rocket at morning assembly!! She introduced Science Week by telling the children that science is all around them. Science affects pretty much everything we do in life, as well as everything around us. Ms Tyrrell asked the children to put on their science eyes and to Stop, Think, Wonder, Ask and Learn. She then officially launched Science week by demonstrating the fizzy rocket experiment!!


Ms Tyrrell showed the children what they would need for the fizzy rocket experiment: vitamin tablets e.g. Berroca or any vitamin tablets that fizz in water, water and vitamin tablet container. She then put the tablet in the container, put on the lid and turned it upside down. Everyone counted down from 20 and after a few seconds the rocket blasted off into the air. She explained that when the water is added to the tablet, the gas, carbon dioxide is released. The pressure of the carbon dioxide causes the container to blow away from its lid.

To finish, she showed the children the Science board which features many famous scientists and she told the children that one of them could be a famous scientist in years to come. What Great Fun!


Mr Byrne’s First Class showed the pupils of the school how lungs work by using a model of the lungs which they had made in class with Ms Parr. Mr Byrne spoke about the journey of air and got the children to wonder where the air they breathe in and out goes?  The lungs were represented by two plastic bags while two straws represented the oesophagus. When we breathe in, out lungs take in air and expand just like the plastic bags in the picture below. And when we breathe out, our lungs empty and collapse. Szymon was on hand to do the demonstrations and did an excellent job.


Mrs Monson’s Sixth Class were on hand on Wednesday of Science Week to show us how to make our own slime!! It was a lot of fun watching the girls manipulating the slime and doing really cool things with it.

What you need to make slime : PVA glue, mixing tool, bowl, colouring liquid, baking soda, airtight container, contact solution

How to make Slime:

  1. Pour glue into the bowl
  2. Add the colouring
  3. Add a pinch of baking soda
  4. Add contact solution a little bit at a time
  5. Mix very well until you come to a slime-like consistency


Mrs Murray’s Senior Infants taught us the importance of covering our noses when we sneeze as germs can spread very far.

Materials needed for ‘How Germs Spread’ experiment:


Balloon – burst of air from mouth when we sneeze

Pin, Spoon, Meter stick

Steps Involved:

  1. Put a spoon of flour into he balloon
  2. Blow it up
  3. Use a pin to burst the balloon
  4. Watch how fat the flour spreads, this is how far germs spread if we don’t cover our mouth when we cough or sneeze
  5. Use  meter click to measure the distance the flour travels


Mrs Greally’s Fourth Class showed us to make our very own lava lamps.

Materials needed:

A clean 1 litre bottle

Water, oil, fizzing tablets

food colouring


What to do:

  1. Pour one third water into the bottle
  2. Fill it with oil also
  3. Add 8 drops of food colpuring
  4. Break failing tablet into the bottle
  5. Place the torch under the bottle to watch the explosion of colour

How it works:

The oil and water do not mix. The tablet sinks to the bottom and starts dissolving, creating a gas. When the bubbles from the gas reach the top, they carry the food colouring in them, creating the colours blobs!!

And , if that wasn’t enough, Ms Tyrrell organised for a mega Science Dome to be erected in our school hall to teach us about astra and constellations. Take a look…



Science in Scoil Chroi Naofa 2016/2017

Creative Engineers

As part of engineer’s week, Ms. Tyrrell  encouraged all classes to become engineers and build using recycled materials. The finished products were absolutely amazing!


Engineer’s Week in Mrs. Murray’s Senior Infants

We had a wonderful time using recycled materials to create amazing constructions (boats, houses, buses, robots, robotic arms etc). We also had a competition to construct a marshmallow tower! Hannah’s dad came in to talk to us about engineering. See some photos below.

Engineers in Mr. Hanley’s Senior Infants

The Owl class have had tons fun doing loads of experiments during Engineer’s Week and with Ms. Hynes for Science .For Science the Senior Infants experimented to see if flowers would change colour if food dye was added to the water in their jars.

As you can see it was very successful!

For Engineering week the Owls worked together to see if they could construct cubes, pyramids and many other shapes using nothing more than marshmallows and spaghetti.

Everyone had great fun even if some of the building material did start to disappear!

Some Activities from 2015/6

  • First, Second & Third class were provided with Kinex workshops in November in conjunction with the Galway Science & Technology Festival.
  • To celebrate Engineers Week, Ms. Tyrrell invited two engineers Julian Drapiewski and Angelo Greco to provide workshops for some classes.
  • Sixth class attended a workshop on Robotics in the Vocational School.
  • Canine Buddies visited Ms. Tyrrell’s class, Mr. Wallace’s class and Mrs Hennessy’s class. The children learned how to become responsible pet owners and dog detectives.
  • The Bia Lover Festival took place in in the Park in front of the Athenry Castle from the 15th – 19th of June. It was a celebration of food and drink produced in Galway and the West of Ireland. There was food from local producers which was free for the public to taste. This Incredible Edible Event also celebrated food from around the world. Our school community participated in this event. All the children received edible Callendula seeds, soil and pots in April from Bia Lovers. All seeds were sown and some have grown into edible plants. The plants were brought to the Park to create an edible landscape with the assistance of artists. Mrs. Monson’s 6th class girls also had their own bake stall with a variety of foods from other countries on Friday. They were dressed in international costume. The organisers encouraged everyone to come along, bring a blanket, set up a picnic and enjoy all the lovely food. The Festival was part of Galway’s bid to become the 2020 European Capital of Culture.
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