3rd and 4th Classes

Welcome to our class blog. We are writing this blog to keep our parents and friends updated about what’s happening in our class.

May 18th, 2016

by Niamh, 4th Class

Yesterday 3rd and 4th class went to the Dunne’s garden centre up the road to find flowers for our window pots.

The centre was huge. There were a lot of flowers and a few trees. We bought 16 geraniums and some other plants, we also bought ten strawberry plants. We got to see hens.  The owners, Sarah and Joe helped us choose plants. Everyone had to carry a plant back.

When we got back to school, we were split into pairs and groups of three. Each pair / group had to pick a window box, and wash it out, then fill it half-way with soil.  First, we watered our plants and took them out of their pots.  Then we planted them in the window boxes and watered them once more.

Afterwards, each group / pair got to plant strawberries. Ms McDowell showed us how to plant them. It’s the same as planting the other plants except we planted them in a raised bed instead of window boxes.

Joe and Sarah Dunne gave everyone a plant  to take home and  look after.

It was a fun day. (see more photos here……)

 

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Diary of a marigold

This is a photo of Ellen’s marigold which she planted at home last night (17/5/16)

Ellen's flower

 

 

 

 

April 15th, 2016

On Tuesday, April 12th, Christiana Tosarelli of IBM came to our school to talk to 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th class about engineering. We learnt a lot about different engineering disciplines and the work that engineers do.

Christiana told us that she was a systems engineer in IBM. She showed us pictures of her desk, it was very neat, she also showed us a photo of the data-centre where she works. She told us that the data-centre had to be kept cool, so that the computers don’t overheat. Everyone has to wear special white protective suits going into the room where the microchips are made. The workers have to be decontaminated before they enter the room. This is because even one little speck of dust could contaminate the microchip. Christiana brought in a broken silicon wafer. We were not able to handle it because even though it was broken it was still worth €20,000. She told us that a good silicon wafer was worth €500,000! She also showed us a case of microchips and told us they were made with gold and silver, each one was worth €2,000.

Christiana didn’t always work in IBM, she was in the US army for seven years where she worked with radars and satellites. In her spare time she likes horse-riding, reading, hiking and bee-keeping.

Christiana explained that there are many different engineering disciplines. These include bio-medical, nuclear, computer and software, systems, chemical, civil, electrical and mechanical engineering.

Everybody really enjoyed her visit and found different aspects of her talk interesting.

Josh: “What I found interesting was that a computer beat the unbeatable chess champion, Garry Kasparov”.

Peter: “I thought it was cool when she told us about the Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset”

Grace: “I was surprised that she was an Ethical Hacker, these hackers try to hack computer systems to make sure that they’re unhackable”.

Jamie: “The thing I found most interesting was that microchips are made of gold”.

Katie: “I didn’t know that there were different types of engineers, I think the most interesting engineering discipline is a systems engineer”.

We showed Christiana the youtube video that we made of ‘Angels of Sixteen’, she really like it a lot and she showed it to her family and friends. She might be coming back to our school to do CoderDojo.

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Christiana talking about different engineering disciplines.

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Christiana explaining about silicon wafers.

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Christiana showing us microchips.

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Christiana talking to 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th classes.

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Everybody was really interested in hearing what Christiana told us about engineering.

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Lots of pupils had very interesting questions.

 

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