Timahoe’s young Einsteins

SCIENCE week was celebrated in style at Timahoe NS with no less than five events organized for the enthusiastic students. From bubbles to composting, eco-picnics to ice-age adventures, it was all happening at Timahoe.

SCIENCE week was celebrated in style at Timahoe NS with no less than five events organized for the enthusiastic students. From bubbles to composting, eco-picnics to ice-age adventures, it was all happening at Timahoe.

Two of the events involved travelling to Carlow, where the Institute of Technology and the County Library played host. At Carlow IT the Science of Bubbles demonstration was a great hit. The show was presented by Steve Allman on behalf of Discover Science and Engineering.

It covered everything from molecular forces and surface tension to light interference and density - all illustrated by bubbles. Bubbles in all shapes and sizes, some filled with smoke, others in impossible shapes and some magically floating over the audience.

From discovering the perfect homemade bubbles recipe (95% hot water. 4% glycerin and 1% washing-up liquid) to reading the signs of when a bubble is about to pop, they all had a blast. As the demonstration came to an end the Timahoe students - particularly 6th class - were very keen to get started on making and manipulating their own bubbles.

The return trip to Carlow was equally as exciting as 5th and 6th class students got to brush up on their ice-age knowledge thanks to a wonderful ‘Ice Age Adventures’ multimedia presentation by renowned paleontologist Dr Sebastian von Engelbrechten. This was of particular relevance to the Timahoe pupils as they have just got word that their project on Timahoe Esker has been accepted for the Young Scientist Exhibition at the RDS in January.

They got to handle fossils – from a massive mammoth’s tooth to a brain coral to a fox skull- and they enthusiastically used microscopes to examine micro-fossils.

School-based science activities got off to a great start with the “One Planet Picnic” where all students from Infants to 6th enjoyed a picnic of sustainable locally produced food, and enjoyed face-painting and fun activities.

This eco-schools world action day was celebrated throughout the world, and is part of the Timahoe NS campaign to be awarded a Green Flag.