Worm experts emerge from Timahoe

THE ever inquisitive students of Timahoe NS will be on a national stage this week when they present their study on worms at the RDS Primary Science Fair.

THE ever inquisitive students of Timahoe NS will be on a national stage this week when they present their study on worms at the RDS Primary Science Fair.

The students started working on their project ‘Worms Worth’ last September and were delighted to be selected in late October. All the children are very excited about the project and are looking forward to putting up their display and making presentations to visitors and adjudicators.

Their project tells the story of the earthworm. The earthworm and other natural microbes have an important role to play in maintaining soil richness and where there are earthworms there is usually healthy, rich soil. The project ‘Worm’s Worth’ looks at the role and importance of the earthworm and investigates how modern farming, fertilisers and slurry may affect worms and the soil.

Students have been observing areas covered by 1m2 of carpet (recycled), placed on pieces of farmland around Timahoe. They are also observing a control area based in a woodland near the school. They recorded the numbers of earthworms present in each location at various times in order to prove or disprove the idea.

Teacher Orla Mulhare is delighted to be visiting Dublin for the fair this weekend.

“We were delighted to receive the news that we were one of the schools lucky enough to be chosen to attend this year’s RDS Primary Science Fair. It will be a fantastic opportunity for the students to show the results of all the research and investigations they have been carrying out over the past four months.

“Participation in the fair has brought a real sense of excitement towards science in the school and the students have already made us very proud through their dedication and enthusiasm. Hopefully this is just the beginning for all our budding scientists,” she said.

Student Christopher Carew has learned a lot from the project.

“Working on Worms Worth has been great fun indoors and outside. We were taught how to think like scientists - predicting, researching, investigating experimenting, comparing outcomes and recording,” he said.

Principal Ann Bergin is also delighted to be part of the fair.

“Science is very much centre stage here at Timahoe NS. And while this enhances every child’s daily learning, we also believe it will pay dividends far into the future. This project is one of many hugely exciting science experiences for our children during the first term. Next term we are looking forward to a Heritage in schools five series visit by renowned geologist Gordon Darcy to explore the wonderful environment of Timahoe’s esker,” she said.

The RDS Primary Science Fair is part of the BT Young Scientist and Technology exhibition which will be running from Thursday, January 12 until Saturday, January 14.