Teacher: Ms. Curran: 2016/2017
Ms Curran’s 4th Class has just received certificates for their participation in the Explorers Education Programme. The initiative was run by the Lifetime Lab in Cork and was supported by the Marine Insitute.
Here is an account of the project by Alex Doyle-Gubbins and Matthew O’Sullivan from 4th Class.
Following a trip to the Lifetime Lab, where we learned about marine life and did fun and interesting experiments, we researched our own project about Coastal Erosion.
We worked in groups of four to research the topic and do experiments. We also visited Myrtleville Beach to see physical evidence of erosion.
In computer class we typed up our findings. This week a Scientist from the Lifetime Lab visited our classroom and we presented our project to her. She was really impressed and awarded us with Certificates!
She also did an activity with us about marine litter. We were shocked to learn how long it takes certain objects to decompose in the ocean. Can you guess?? (Answers below)
A – plastic water bottle
B – plastic water bottle cap
C – milk carton
D – paper tissue
E – coke can
F – kiwi
G – newspaper
H – fishing net
I – plastic bag
J – disposable nappy
(ANSWERS: A – 100 years; B – 400 years; C – 5 years; D – 2to4 weeks; E – 150-22 yrs; F – 1-2 months; G – 6 weeks; H – 600 yrs; I – 10-20 yrs; J – 450 yrs).
We also learned that 100,000 marine mammals and one million sea birds die each year due to marine litter!
Ms Curran’s fourth class visited Myrtleville Beach to observe evidence of coastal erosion. We were lucky to have a great guide in Bernard Lynch, who showed us where the Coastguard’s Station had been eroded by strong winds and waves. We also saw an inlet where a house had collapsed due to erosion. Did you know that it takes the tide six hours to come in and six hours to go out? Despite the windy conditions in Myrtleville, we got to search in the rockpools for crabs and build sandcastles. We even found a little cave! Hopefully some of us will return to this beautiful beach during the summer with our families.
Junior Achievement Programme
Ms Curran’s 4th Class is currently participating in the Junior Achievement Programme. Conor Murphy from Musgraves has been educating them on the various types of businesses for example Sole Traders and Companies.
He also explained the various methods of production and the pupils even made their own pens! Here’s an account by two of the boys involved:
Conor told us that different methods of production work better for different companies. He said companies are constantly reviewing how they make their products to find the most cost-effect method. We decided to test the speed of unit production versus mass production.
For unit production each boy took all the components of the pen and put it together from beginning to end by himself.
We learned how an assembly line works. We lined up and passed the pen along as each person in the line added one new component.
At the end of the line we had a person testing the pens.
We discovered that more pens were produced on the assembly line than through the unit production method.
We are now learning about tax and profits and look forward to setting up our own company.
By: Alex Doyle Gubbins Aaron Geary 😉
Ms Curran’s 4th class recent trip to the Lifetime Lab to learn about marine life.
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