"Scientists, called Cell Explorers, came to visit our school yesterday. They taught us how to get DNA from a banana!" (Billy)
"The DNA experiment was fun and interesting and we built a jigsaw or model of DNA!" (Ethan)
"They taught us about cells. We have 100 trillion cells in our bodies. A goes with T and C goes with G. Cells are made of sugars and phosphates. The scientist giving the demonstration was a biologist. They study living things. The scientists came from NUIG." (Dumebi)
"They used alcohol to get the DNA out of the smashed banana!" (Gerry)
"It was really fun and I was really excited to do the experiments." (Darragh)
"I loved fishing out the DNA with the rod." (Myles)
"I liked making the DNA model and finding the DNA." (Edward)
"I liked working together as a team and I thought it was exciting." (James)
"I liked the quiz." (Justas)
"I liked squishing the banana!" (Kyle)
"We used salty water, liquid soap and alcohol to get the DNA. I liked sticking the A to the T and the C to the G." (Ameer)
"The DNA model looked like a spiral staircase!" (Maxim)
"I liked taking out the DNA with the rods and it looked like yellow jelly!" (Paul)
On 16th September we had a visit from Jeanne Sampier who is involved with Green Sod Ireland's bee-friendly planting project; "Bee Aware". We learned about pollination and how to identify different Irish bumblebee species.... a selection of the 99 different Bee species that we have here in Ireland!!!
We wanted to make our school a bee-friendly habitat. We prepared a plot; weeded it, took away the rubbish and raked it. Then we were ready to sow our seeds. Jeanne gave us a mixture of 40 different seeds that she got from Design By Nature. They included flowers that will have plenty of nectar and pollen for the bees.
Jeanne gave us more seeds to plant in February and we’ll be keeping an eye out for our flowers to sprout in March so check back in with us for an update then!!
If you'd like to join us in creating a bee-friendly habitat in your garden you can get the seeds from Design By Nature which includes their All-Ireland Pollinator Plan Wildflower Mixture: