Hands on Science – Wriggly Worms

The children in Miss Daly’s room loved bringing gummy worms to “life” with this simple chemical reaction. Using baking soda and vinegar.

In this experiment, gummy worms float and move as the vinegar (acetic acid) in the cup reacts with the baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) they’ve been soaked in. The chemical reaction forms carbon dioxide gas bubbles which float to the surface, pulling the worms with them and making them wriggle until the chemical reaction stops.


Magic Milk Experiment

As a “Hands on – Minds on” school we love science experiments here at Togher N.S. Hands-on science experiments are fun for children of all ages. Most children are tactile learners and prefer to experience things in a hands-on way. Scientific concepts can  be difficult for children to understand when just reading about them in a book. When a child explores a scientific concept with a hands-on experiment, they can see the concept right before their eyes. When doing an experiment, kids are much more likely to remember the science behind the concept.

The science behind the Magic Milk experiment: When milk is homogenized, fat particles are equally spread throughout the milk. When food colouring is added the surface tension of the milk keeps the food coloring in one place. When drops of liquid dish soap are added to milk with drops of food coloring on the surface, the soap will reduce the surface tension of the milk and react with the fat. This interaction will cause the particles in the milk to move around and create swirls of color. When the surface tension is completely broken the food colouring mixes together.

Professor Baloney

Senior classes joined Professor Baloney for a thrilling virtual science show with an emphasis on showing how much fun experimental science is. There was a mix of laughter and experiments with the professor!

We joined to discover if flour can burn? Can we make rocket fuel in the kitchen? And much much more…

Science Week

We have been experimenting with chemical reactions as part of Science week. The chemical reaction between baking soda and vinegar is a wonderful “hands on – minds on” demonstration that children can enjoy and understand. Baking soda is an alkaline and vinegar is an acid. When baking soda and vinegar are mixed together they create  carbon dioxide.

We really enjoyed predicting what would happen!

Virtual Visit of Dublin Zoo

Today we were learning about Dublin Zoo.    We caught a glimpse of giraffes, zebras, an ostrich  and rhinos on the African Savanna.

We got a birds-eye of the penguins and we watched a herd of elephants chomp their lunch on the Web Cams.

Here are the links :

African Savanna



Some extra links :

The Discovery & Learning Department in Dublin Zoo are going to share some fun activities to help connect you and your family with nature.

You can do these from home and we would love to see and hear your stories about how you have used them to connect with nature by using #dublinzoofun on social media.

We hope you will join us to take part in the fun!

Get started by downloading your Birdwatching activity sheet: here.