Today we conducted an experiment to see what foods contained starch. We used iodine to test if starch was present in some foods that we eat everyday. We learnt that iodine turns a blue/black colour where starch is present.
Today Ryan came to teach us how to make Rocket Balloons. It was great fun.
First we got into small groups and we blew up a balloon. We twisted the end and secured it with a clothes peg. Then we decorated the balloons with markers.
Next we stuck a straight straw to the side of our balloon with sellotape and threaded through a length of fishing line. We discovered that fishing line is more effective than string because it's slippy. Then we got down to some racing. We had some visiting children from Third Class who managed to beat all the Fifth Class teams with their rocket balloon. There are some very serious scientists in Ms. Kiely's class.
For Science Week, Ms. Mahoney signed 5th Class up for I'm a Scientist Get Me Out of Here, which is a special programme where Ph.D. students enter a live webchat with primary students to answer some of our most pressing questions. We got answers to questions like "Which came first, the chicken or the egg?" and lots of very useful information for our Mini Scientist projects. It was great fun and we learnt a lot. Check out http://imascientist.ie/ to find out more.
We have been playing MinecraftEDU with Mr. Molloy. It's a special version of Minecraft for classrooms. Click here to find out more.
We worked in teams to collaborate and problem solve. Along the way we integrated many different school subjects including English, SESE, Science, Art and Maths. We also learned what it means to be a good digital citizen in the 21st century! We are only beginning our adventures in learning with MinecraftEDU.
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