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Pupils from St John's PS Coleraine getting ready to use data-loggers - View Full Size Image
Pupils from St John's PS Coleraine getting ready to use data-loggers
'Granny states the problem' - View Full Size Image
'Granny states the problem'
Pupils from St John's PS Coleraine get ready to solve the problem - View Full Size Image
Pupils from St John's PS Coleraine get ready to solve the problem
11/06/2010 PRIMARY PROBLEM SOLVING IN LORETO SCIENCE DEPARTMENT

On Friday 11th June 2010, Primary 7 pupils from St John’s Primary School Coleraine, along with their teacher and classroom assistant, visited Loreto College Coleraine, Specialist School, to participate in a half-day Problem Solving Science Challenge.

The problem the pupils were asked to solve was “Which teapot should Granny use to keep her tea warm for longer?”  They were asked to bring this investigation into the laboratory and use painted test tubes to represent the teapots.  Students monitored the temperature of water in the test tubes for twenty minutes, using recently purchased dataloggers.  They then took the dataloggers to the College’s new Science computer room, where they were able to analyse the data they had recorded.  All students printed a results table and graph of their results.

Biology teachers Mrs Geraldine Doherty, Mrs Sheila McBroom and Mrs Sinead Mullan were the facilitators for this visit and there was a guest appearance by Chemistry teacher Mrs Jane Nugent, playing the part of Granny.  The visit was very successful and the St John’s pupils developed their problem solving and ICT skills as well as their ability to work with others.  The pupils solved the problem with ease and had an enjoyable time doing so.  It is hoped that this will continue to be an annual event.

Mrs Sheila McBroom, Partner School Links co-ordinator at Loreto College, commended the St John’s pupils for their enthusiasm and hard work throughout the exercise, and paid tribute to her colleagues Mrs Geraldine Doherty, Mrs Sinead Mullan and Mrs Jane Nugent, commenting that the afternoon had been an enjoyable and worthwhile exercise for all participants.