2013 class activities for primary schools

Below are some fun science experiments and activities that you can try out at home or in the classroom, with easy to follow instructions. 

A number of the activities link to the 2013 Science Week theme 'Exploring the Extra Ordinary' where we invite you to explore, investigate and learn more about the amazing scientific things happening around you in your everyday life!

Class activity 1: Fun with Marbles

Class activity 2: Make a paddle boat

You'll also find some fun experiments for junior scientists here http://www.juniorscientist.ie/experiments/

Exploring extra-ordinary microbes with eBug!

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e-Bug is a European DG SANCO-sponsored project which has produced antibiotic and hygiene education packs for schools across Europe, involving 18 partner countries, including Ireland.

On the website www.e-bug.eu teachers can find resources and interactive games suitable for primary (age 9-11) and post-primary students (age 13-15).

In Ireland, e-Bug is managed by the HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre and the website has material available in English as well as gaelige. The classroom activities are designed to use common household materials that would be readily available in all schools.  

A primary pack is available for download on the website and features cartoon microbe characters such as penicillium; lactobacillus; dermatophyte; staphylococcus and influenza.

         Lactobacillus microbe cartoon    eBug experiments to try out for Science Week 2013 Dermatophyte microbe

Kitchen Investigator – Microbes experiment

Microbe Garden

Yeast Balloon

How to make slimy snot

Microbe game

Pickled Apple Experiment

Rotten Apple Experiment

Check out the primary resources information sheet also available click here to accompany the eBug class activities listed above. With these -

  • Students are introduced to micro-organisms and learn about the different types, shapes and sizes of microbes – bacteria, virus and fungi, and where microbes are found. 
  • Students learn about good microbes that can be beneficial through a yeast or yogurt making experiment, and investigate bad microbes that can cause disease.
  • Students learn about the body’s natural defences as it fights harmful microbes on a daily basis, as well as all about vaccinations, the treatment of infection and the importance of using antibiotics and other medicines appropriately.
  • Teachers can find classroom experiments on hand-hygiene teaching students about how to manage the spread of infections as well as others investigating respiratory hygiene and food hygiene

 You will also find lots of other useful microbe resources here http://microbemagic.ucc.ie/.