Video: Space balloon flight

Posted by Máistir Ó Beirn On July - 12 - 2017

Here is a video of our space balloon flight which was launched on Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 from Frank and Mary Clarke’s farm. It reached an altitude of 28km. There are five layers to our atmosphere – Troposphere (up to 20km high), Stratosphere (20-50km), Mesosphere (50-85km), Thermosphere (85-600km), Exosphere (600-10,000km). Our balloon reached the Stratosphere.

Around 20km high ice-crystals are visible and the temperature drops to -51°C. In the Stratosphere the temperature actually increased with altitude to -40°C  as ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is absorbed by the ozone layer. Had our balloon reached the top of the stratosphere the temperature would have risen to about -15°C  before falling sharply again in the Mesosphere. It landed 125km away between Castlepollard and Athboy on the farm of Eamon and Margureite Kelly.

Thanks to Frank and Mary Clarke, our sponsors CMS Distribution and DeCare Dental and chase car drivers Mary Lydon, Jan Wilkins and Angela Walshe.

The video of the flight is 360° so view it fullscreen to pan around. Control the 360 degree fullscreen video on your phone or tablet by moving your device.  To view it on a VR headset visit https://youtu.be/XPfoCtv5NSA or search for “Gortskehy in Space” using your VR YouTube app.

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3D Flight Path

3D prediction of the flight path.

Some of the towns the balloon flew over.

Some of the towns the balloon flew over.

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Science Week

Posted by Ms. Thomas On November - 18 - 2016

We celebrated science week in the middle room with some exciting experiments!

We created a rainbow using skittles and warm water. We put the skittles on a plate in different shapes, then we poured some warm water in the middle and watched as the colour slowly started to run from the skittles, creating a rainbow. We even created a Mayo-themed rainbow!

First we put the skittles on a plate. .

 

 

 

 

The warm water created a rainbow when the colours ran.

A mayo themed rainbow!

On Thursday we had fun with another interesting experiment. We created a volcano using bread soda and vinegar. We put some bread soda in a bottle and then added vinegar and watched as our volcano erupted! We learned that a chemical reaction between the the vinegar and bread soda caused the eruption.

Volcano Eruption! Volcano Eruption

 

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The Life of a Caterpillar

Posted by Jamie On May - 2 - 2013
Caterpillar

The life-cycle of the butterfly.

This week the pupils in the Junior Room learned all about the life-cycle of the butterfly.

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School Garden

Posted by Máistir Ó Beirn On September - 17 - 2010

In our school garden, 2010, we grew turnips, beetroot, carrots, potatoes, onions, kale, salad leaves and courgettes.

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Primary Science Award 2010

Posted by Máistir Ó Beirn On May - 15 - 2010

Our school is delighted to have received a Discover Primary Science Award of Excellence.

Click here for video clips representing some of the science activities undertaken throughout the year.

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