BT Young Scientists Exhibition!

Students from sixth class have spent the last few weeks working on their project for the BT Young Scientist’s Exhibition in Limerick on Friday 19th January. The boys project looks at  mapping the transference of energy via lollipop sticks.

The base experiment involves simply dropping five lollipop sticks from a stationary height of 1m. This is a form of Kinetic Energy.The follow on, is to drop five lollipop sticks that have been woven into a Ninja Star, from 1m also. This is a form of Mechanical energy. Both drops are measured and compared by the pupils. We added an extra drop of the Ninja Star involving extra force.

Each pupil made a Ninja Star using lollipop sticks and every pupil recorded and mapped the resultant outlay of the lollipop sticks. We noticed that no two drops were exactly the same. Also, greater force in a drop did not always result in a wider spread as the sticks just hopped up and came back down in the same place. A throw involving a flick gave a greater spread.

As part of our experiment we also looked at the three laws of Newton which are part of the Physics programme in Secondary school. Fun trivia: Newton, who is famous for having an apple fall on his head, is credited with inventing the cat flap!

We are in the process of completing our posters for the Young Scientist Exhibition. Be sure and visit our blog next week where we will upload pictures from the BT Young Scientist Exhibition itself. Well done everyone.

About askeabns
All boys national school in Askea, Carlow. We currently have around 350 boys from Junior Infants to Sixth class.

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