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Are you smarter than a ten-year-old? Primary school students explain science

“Seed Dispersal and Germination”, “Germ Busters” and “Five Senses”, they know it all…and they can sing too.

The children of Belmont National School, Milltown.
The children of Belmont National School, Milltown.

HOW’S YOUR KNOWLEDGE of seed dispersal? Chances are not close to the standards you set yourself in primary school or junior cert science.

But even at the peak of your junior cycle biology career it’s unlikely you could have explained the ins and outs of ‘Seed Dispersal and Germination’ quite with the insight and style as the fifth and sixth class students of Scoil Mhuire Rosmuc.

The students were the winners of video competition ReelLife Science which was looking for participants to put together a 1-3 minute video communicating a scientific topic in an engaging and entertaining way.

The judges awarded Scoil Mhuire the top prize after they decided that the “extremely impressive script” from Rosmuc was backed up by “amusing and informative sketches.”

The classes and their their teacher Ms. Ni Chonaola also won a €250 prize to promoting science and science communication in their school.

Second place in the competition went to Cloghans Hill National School, Tuam who showed us the benefits of handwashing and disinfection in the “Keeping Healthy” category with their a catchy musical number called “Germ Busters”.

The top three mas made completed by Belmont National School, Milltown who took on the task of explaining our “Five Senses” in the “Our Bodies” category. Belmont also runs a blog about all of their activities, including science and maths projects.

That’s us told anyway.

All videos: (Youtube/ReelLife Science)

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Rónán Duffy

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