Space Workshop with Dr. Niamh Shaw

Posted by Ms. Naughton On November - 26 - 2018

We were delighted to welcome Dr. Niamh Shaw to our school today, 26th November 2018. She is one of Ireland’s leading science communicators and STEAM specialist (merging Science, technology, engineering, arts and maths).  She is passionate about space and has a life mission to get to space as an artist and an explorer.

Here at Gortskehy, we also have an interest in Space, having just completed our 2 year Erasmus project with the highlight being the launch of the helium near space balloon.  Niamh visited our school after the pupils in the Senior room submitted this video in June and Gortskehy NS was chosen as a winner in the ‘Inspired by Space’ competition hosted by Blackrock Observatory, Dublin.

She spent time in the middle room and senior room talking about her experience with space missions, particularly her simulated Mars mission in the Utah Desert in 2017.  She showed us pictures and videos of her time spent as an analog astronaut.  She also spent time in Russia where she experienced her first Zero gravity flight to explore weightlessness on Earth. Fascinating & inspiring stuff!

It was a privilege for our school and pupils to have Niamh visit Gortskehy NS.  For more information on Niamh’s story check out: http://www.niamhshaw.ie

 

 

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Try our Space Quiz game

Posted by Eoin On June - 11 - 2018

Here is a space quiz we created on the classroom computers for our Erasmsus+ project. Everyone in the room added two questions and we made it into a game where you get points for each correct answer. See how many points you can get! 🙂 Click here to play the game fullscreen.

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Gortskehy Bug Hotel

Posted by Ms. McDonald On April - 26 - 2018

This week we built our very own bug hotel here at school. The children really enjoyed this activity and learnt more about biodiversity along the way. They all worked hard to find suitable materials and construct an attractive dwelling place for the insects in Gortskehy!

What is a bug hotel? A bug hotel is a manmade structure created from natural and recycled materials to provide shelter for insects.  They can come in a variety of shapes and sizes depending on the specific purpose or insect it is catering for. They usually consist of different sections that provide insects with nesting facilities –  offering shelter or refuge for many types of insects. Many insect hotels are used as nest sites by insects including solitary bees. Other insects hotels are specifically designed to allow the insects to hibernate, notable examples include ladybirds and butterflies.

Good materials to construct insect hotels with can include using dry stone walls or old tiles. Drilled holes in the hotel materials also encourage insects to leave larvae to gestate. Different materials, such as stones and woods are recommended for a wide range and diversity of insect life. Logs and bark, bound reeds and bamboo are also often used. The various components or sizes of holes attract different species.

Building a bug hotel will not just benefit wildlife in our area but we will have the pleasure of being able to watch a host of different creatures making their homes and learn all about their fascinating behaviours. A bug hotel offers free accommodation to its occupants. In return, when it’s time to go they’ll be right on site to go about their pollination and pest predation. The good news is a bug hotel costs nothing just a little time and effort. Please watch the photostory attached to see the children creating the bug hotel.

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  1. Great idea, well done everyone! Looks great!

Video: Eco Safari visit to Clare lake

Posted by Ms. McDonald On April - 23 - 2018

Junior Infants, Senior Infants, 4th, 5th and 6th Classes set off on the bus to explore the natural habitat along ‘The Land of the Giants’ around Clare Lake.. Before we set off, we discussed water safety and the children discussed how we stay safe around a body of water. Even with the damp weather the children were very excited.

We found some minibeasts, lots of natural vegetation and birds! We saw ducks, geese and dogs out for their walk! We found lots of snails. We saw bees and flies particularly near the water’s edge. We found Marsh Marigolds, Daisies, Daffodils, Dandelions, Bullrushes, Yellow Iris, Ivy and many trees including Fir, Birch, Ash and Scots Pine.

The children worked in groups and had fun filling out their Eco Safari journals. The whole experience was again very enjoyable and educational, the children are all great ‘Guardians of the Land’. Please take a minute to view a short video of our Eco Safari below, thanks.

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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.

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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How we made our @missionv 3D virtual world

Posted by Justin On December - 6 - 2011

missionv This is a video on how we made our MissionV world.  We used Imprudence, Scratch for OpenSim, Audacity, IrfanView, Google Images, Microsoft Publisher and Diane used Adobe Photoshop.

We would like to thank Lisa and Aishling, transition year students, for their help in making this video and the screencast.

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Screencast of our MissionV exhibit

Posted by Amy On November - 29 - 2011

We invited a student on work experience in our school to visit our MissionV world.  She took a screencast of her tour.  We added music and some text.  Here it is . . .

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InTouch magazine features our school project

Posted by Nicola On September - 9 - 2011

We are delighted that the INTO magazine InTouch  featured our Something Fishy project which can be viewed here.

InTouch Magazine, September 2011

 

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First Irish Primary School to feature on An Lár TV

Posted by Máistir Ó Beirn On July - 1 - 2011

Something Fishy DVD Gortskehy National School, Annefield, Hollymount, County Mayo is the first primary school in Ireland to have the pupils’ video work featured on An Lár TV, a Community TV channel for the Irish Diaspora.  anlar.tv has an audience of between 2,500-3,000 people per day in around 50 countries. Gortskehy National School joins a list of other educators providing content for the channel such as the University of Limerick, the Royal College of Science at UCD and the Irish School of Animation in Dublin.

Gortskehy N.S. produced a DVD as part of the ‘Something Fishy’ programme aimed at fifth and sixth classes in primary school.  The ‘Something Fishy’ Project was a concept originally developed in collaboration between the Central Fisheries Board and Blackrock Education Centre.  The aim of Something Fishy is to inform and educate students on water quality, fish, the environment and angling.

Something Fishy DVDThe Gortskehy pupils used Skype to record face-to-face video interviews with Colette O’Flynn, Research Officer at the National Biodiversity Data Centre in Waterford,  Brian Curran of Ireland West Angling and Herbert Dingerkus of the East Mayo Anglers’ Association.  The DVD is informative and records the childrens’ artwork, research, interviews and exploration of a local stream with the assistance of Aisling Wheeler from An Taisce.  The project took three months to complete with all aspects of the production and editing taking part in school under the guidance of principal, Mr. Pádraig Ó Beirn.

The 40-minute video will feature on the 4pm slot at anlar.tv from Sunday 3rd – 10th of July and at 5pm from the 10th – 17th of July.  It can also be viewed anytime here.   An Lár TV is a link to home for many Irish people living all over the world and the children of Gortskehy National School are very proud to be a part of it.

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Our ‘Something Fishy’ video

Posted by James On May - 23 - 2011

Here is our entry for the 2011 ‘Something Fishy’ DVD competition. “Something Fishy” is an educational resource promoted by the Central and Regional Fisheries Boards in collaboration with the Blackrock Education Centre, Dublin.

We would like to thank the following for their help: Colette O’Flynn, Research Officer, National Biodiversity Data Centre, Waterford;  Brian Curran, Ireland West Angling;  Aisling Wheeler, Green Schools Development Officer, An Taisce;  Herbert Dingerkus, Treasurer, East Mayo Anglers Association.

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