Citywest & Saggart

Community National School

First Class Room 9: Science with David Fitzpatrick

Science Week took place in Citywest & Saggart CNS from the 14th November 2016 – 18th November 2016. We were lucky enough to have Dr David Fitzpatrick from the National University of Ireland to join us! David and his science team really got us working scientifically during the workshop. We used the following scientific skills:

  1. Predicting
  2. Observing
  3. Experimenting
  4. Questioning
  5. Recording and communicating

First we tested bread, cornflakes and mushrooms with iodine. We used a pipette. We wanted to find out which food went black. If the food went black it meant that it had lots of energy in it for us and was good to eat. The cornflakes and the bread went black. The mushroom didn’t. David told us that this did not mean the mushroom was bad for us, but that it might not necessarily give us much energy to do fun things like playing. Better off sticking to bread and cornflakes. Mushrooms do have lots of vitamins and minerals.

We then tested orange juice, water and yogurt for vitamin C. The orange juice was the only liquid that had vitamin C. Although it only had a very small amount. David said he would contact the people who make the juice to ask them why there was so little vitamin C in the orange juice. Let’s hope he gets an answer!

Lastly David and a very special helper, made the famous elephant toothpaste for us! It was fantastic. The photo is below.


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