Step Two - Technology



Record and Analyse Data Collected

Second Class

The children in 2nd class learned about weather and in particular, rain.

We made a rain gauge to collect rain daily for a week and we recorded our answers on a sheet. On one day we collected 3cm of water alone!! See the photos to see our fabulous homemade rain gauge.

Some of the children designed their own rain gauge at home to see how much water they could collect themselves.

We collected the data over the week and drew up bar charts to show the results.

Explore Renewable Energy Technologies


Develop a video

Fifth and Sixth Class


The pupils of fifth and sixth class have been learning all about the rising costs of energy in Ireland and also the damage fossil fuels can have on both our health and on our environment. We learned about the various types of pollution that our need for energy consumption has caused.

Having done this we then decided to look at what forms of technology have been developed for the more environmentally friendly types of renewable energy. We learned about solar, wind and wave energy in general.

We then looked at what forms of renewable energy are being used within our own school community.

We specifically studied solar and wave energy. We recorded videos of their use and wrote summaries of how these work. We shared them with our class and our school community.

Check out our fantastic work below.

WAVE ENERGY by Cian Healy

There are many different ways of creating renewable energy. The main ways it is generated are solar and wind but another less common way is wave energy. The is made when the machines in the videos are put in water and when waves pass through the machines generates electricity.



My auntie, Elva Bannon, is in this explaining the energy to the Queen. Its about 1 minute into the video.

 Wave Energy Devices that Harness Wave Energy


by Sam Corkery

Sunlight or solar energy is a free source of renewable energy.
Renewable energy comes from nature and can be provided by things like the sun, wind and water.
It is also called green energy or clean energy because it does not cause any pollution when we use it to power our homes.
Renewable energy is important because it doesn’t damage our planet, and it keeps our air clean.
At the moment we rely on energy made from the Earth’s resources. These are things like coal and natural gas. We call these fossil fuels because they started forming during the age of the dinosaurs, and are even made from plants and animals from that period.
The problem is that fossil fuels won’t last forever and we are already starting to run out. Once they are gone, they cannot be replaced – at least not for another million years or so. Plus, they cause a lot of pollution, which is damaging our planet.

The solar panels installed on our roof capture energy from the sun. They take this energy and use it to provide our home with hot water. Some types of solar panels provide the house with electricity as well as hot water. We have solar thermal panels on our roof. They are positioned on a roof that is south facing for best performance. Our solar panels are south facing so can make the most of the sun when it shines. The liquid within the solar panel heats up when the sun shines. This hot liquid is then pumped from the solar panel on the roof to our hot water cylinder by small insulated pipework. It is capable of heating 300 litres of water on a sunny day (the average shower uses about 75 litres of water).

Fun Facts

The Earth receives more energy from the sun in one hour than the planet uses in one year! For solar panels to supply the world’s electrical needs, less than 1% of the land would need to be covered in solar panels. The photovoltaic effect, which explains how electricity can be generated from sunlight, was discovered by Alexandre Edmond Becquerel in 1839.



By Kate Leavy

Follow the link below to see a fantastic presentation by Kate on her own solar panels.



By Senan Harte

Follow the link below to see a fantastic presentation by Senan on his own solar panels.



By Michele Marini

Follow the link below to see a fantastic presentation by Michele on his own solar panels.