Scientific Sue visits St. Pius X G.N.S.
With the amazing “Litter Lab” show!
As a reward for all the fantastic STEM work St. Pius X G.N.S. has done throughout the year, STEPS Engineering Ireland rewarded us with a free show from Scientific Sue.
The Litter Lab show took place in the school on Thursday 9th June 2016. It was all about making us aware of the problem of litter, what it is and where it comes from. Sue helped us explore where litter goes, what litter items dissolve, float, sink and expand. We discussed the fact that litter contains millions of bacteria, viruses and parasites, that it attracts rats and insects, what impact litter has on the environment, and ways in which we can help keep Ireland beautiful.
Many of us eagerly volunteered to help with the demonstrations Sue carried out, which helped us understand and answer these questions. One of them involved dog faeces (chocolate) and glitter, where Sue displayed how, unbeknownst to us, when we walk in dog faeces, the bacteria can be spread wherever we walk. Dog faeces are very dangerous and can cause blindness, as many of the recent posters around our parks demonstrate. Nappies we learnt can expand hugely when immersed in water. We particularly enjoyed when Sue was demonstrating with her doll Peppa Pig. She put a tube through its body and made it `s head blow off, and shoot into the air using a menthos mint!
Many of the pictures Sue showed us on the slideshow were quite distressing, as they exhibited how damaging, eating litter is to an animal. Some animals believe plastic bags are food and eat them, with devastating consequences. Their insides are completely destroyed! A poster of a child eating faeces was really realistic, as any child could easily mistake it for chocolate! A beach covered in litter is not where we want to spend our holidays! Sue explained and demonstrated that if something we flush down the toilet does not have the word “toilet” in its name, we should NEVER flush it down the toilet, as it will not dissolve.
We learnt so much and now have an awareness of how we can help keep our environment cleaner and safer for us, and the creatures around us.
Thanks Sue and Dimitri for a thoroughly enjoyable and educational show!