On the 21/11/14, all classes from 4th to 6th went to the GAA hall. We met a man named Olly and he led us into an enormous air-locked dome. There was a projector on a little table in the centre of the dome and we all sat cross-legged around it. He turned on the projector with a remote-control. The projector showed images on the ceiling of the dome. It showed the current time and date and the sun setting. After that, he talked about stars and constellations for a while. The constellations he showed us included Orion, Ursa Major and Pegasus. He also showed us the North Star.
We learned that;
· The sun rises in the East and sets in the West.
· The North Star is the only star that doesn’t move. Not even a muscle!
· That on a very clear night you can actually see Jupiter without a telescope.
· There is around 90 constellations such as Leo, Scorpio and Gemini.
On 13/11/2014 5th and 6th class teachers all went on a bus trip to the U.L. complex in Co. Limerick. When we arrived we had to wait in a lobby for them to get all set up and get all the gear together. When we got inside we sat in our rows, they introduced themselves to everyone, then called up five volunteers one of which was Mathew Hurley. First they dipped their hands in water, they also had a tub that they put fairy washing up liquid mixed with water and hydrogen peroxide that they picked up in their hands and asked each volunteer to light it on fire once each. The water acted as an insulator and the scientists hand wasn’t burned.
After that cooled down, they got all set up for the next piece of magic. This involved a large drum of liquid nitrogen (LN) and they poured it down a large funnel, they poured in fairy washing up liquid down the large funnel and then poured in around a half litre of water. The LN bubbled over the top and seeped down the sides in went in to a kind of foam that was very cold, so cold that they had to move the mat it was on to get rid of it.
For the last stunt they asked if anybody had any paper money, one boy raised his hand and they came down and he gave them the money it was a €10 note. She brought it up to the stage dipped it in the LN. She pulled out a gas lighter and set it on fire the little boy nearly cried but soon found out the gas protected the paper. He then got his money back.
The school would like to thank U.L. for inviting the school into witness a truly wonderful display. By James Egan.