SCIENCE Week got off to an exciting start at Timahoe NS, as fifth- and sixth-class pupils visited IT Carlow to attend a fascinating show called ‘How to Save the World in 45 minutes’.
The show was presented by ‘Dr Ken’, who conducted wonderful experiments related to protection of the environment against many threats, including greenhouse gases, plastic pollution of the oceans and production of carbon dioxide. Balloon explosions involving fire and methane gas, melting polystyrene with acetone and the ‘rubbish game’ were just some of the highlights. The show was informative, funny and very interactive, which appealed to all the children. Although fun and light-hearted, there were some great learning opportunities and the show was closely aligned with the science curriculum.
The children had a great time at the event. Casey Kelly said: “It was really good. My favourite part was the polystyrene and plastic, the way the polystyrene disintegrated in the acid. Also, I can’t believe that it takes 200 years for plastic to decompose.” David Kelly said his favourite part was when Dr Ken identified the Ph of tap water by turning it green. David thought Dr Ken had a great way of explaining things in a humorous way.
Georgia Coyne said the show was great and she learned a lot. She recalled: “I thought it was very sad when he showed us pictures of the fish and whale that had died from plastic pollution. We really need to try and stop polluting the seas.”
The annual event at IT Carlow is always thoroughly enjoyed by Timahoe NS pupils and it kick-started a great week of activities at the school. The theme of Science Week 2019 was climate change and this fittingly followed the Green Schools Climate Action Week that was celebrated in the school before Halloween.
The Timahoe NS children, along with their very active Green Schools committee, decided to join other schools across Ireland to make their mark during Climate Action Week in October, holding events to raise awareness and promote positive change.
In pursuit of their fourth Green Schools Flag under the theme of transport, Timahoe NS has been encouraging cycling, walking, car-pooling and a ‘park and stride’ model, as it actively promotes sustainable modes of transport.
The children researched zero-waste lunches in an effort to minimise single-use plastics and packaging. They had a very successful No Waste week, with all pupils cutting out waste completely from their lunchboxes. They plan to maintain these efforts throughout the year, beginning with ‘No Waste Wednesdays’ and progressing from there.
Timahoe NS strives to show that even little changes can make a big difference. Each class competed to win the ‘Greenest Class’, commuting to school using sustainable modes of transport. Students also created posters demonstrating the effects of climate change or ways to lower their carbon footprint. These activities educate the children and present them with genuine opportunities to help in the effort to safeguard the future of the environment and climate.
As a final salute to Climate Action Week, children linked their annual Halloween fancy dress competition to their Green Schools themes. This was done through their innovative, crafty and environmentally-friendly efforts in creating costumes from recycled materials to promote awareness of sustainable modes of transport.
There is a big issue worldwide in terms of climate change and the children of Timahoe are doing their utmost to alleviate the problem.