“Excellent Project with a clear question that is of local significance” was one of the comments of the judges at the RDS Primary Science Fair when presenting a crystal trophy to a delighted 5th Class from Presentation Primary School, Portarlington.
And there was more success for Laois because for the third consecutive year Timahoe NS were also award winners at the fair.
Their project entitled ‘Turbines & Temperatures: does a high in one lead to a low in the other?’ attracted huge attention at the RDS, with a constant queue of people lining up to quiz the enthusiastic students on their findings. Students also created new weather folklore, ranging from “Low wind at night, your breath is in sight” to “If at night there is no breeze, then you can expect a freeze” to “Calm night, wrap up tight”.
This was the first time the Portarlington students participated in The RDS Primary Science Fair which runs in conjunction with the BT Young Scientist Exhibition, but it is unlikely to be the last. The students travelled to the fair with their class teacher Ms Sarah Moore, Science Coordinator Mrs Muriel Ducie, Green School Coordinator Mrs Mary Kieran, and Principal Mrs Margaret Walsh.
The theme of the project was “Wind Energy- How does it work, and is it suitable for Portarlington and the Midlands area?” The topic was chosen by the pupils themselves, and reflected very current concerns in the Laois area. The main finding was that 72% of the parents of this school are in favour of wind farming as an alternative form of energy, but 60% are against wind farms in the local area.
In Timahoe, principal Ann Bergin expressed delight at her school’s success.
“Science is very much placed centre-stage here at Timahoe NS. We strongly believe that through working together to question, observe, record and then make sense of what they find, students develop core life skills which provide them with a strong foundation for their future path in life”, she said.