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Thursday 17 April 2014

Light of understanding shines in Duagh school

Tidy Towns and science are part of daily life at Duagh National School. Pictured are guest science teacher Scott Ziglinski with principal Carmel Fitzgerald (left), teacher Mairéad White and pupils Megan O'Brien and Cathy Johnson. Photo: John Reidy

SPARKS of understanding and fun illuminated Duagh National School as pupils took part in a wonderful lesson on circuits with science teacher Mr Z - all part of their efforts to get a second green flag this year.

Scott Ziglinski, or Mr Z as he is more popularly known by pupils across the county, visited Duagh on Friday to show the youngsters exactly how electrical circuits work. It was a fitting lesson given the theme of the green schools' programme this year is energy!

American native and Tralee resident, Mr Z soon had them all firing switches and lighting up their own understanding of the miracle of science that is electricity - the miracle that brings lights and appliances on in their own homes at the push of a button.

"They began working with circuits using motors and batteries and they added switches and light bulbs to their systems," teacher Máiréad White said. "Through self-discovery the children solved a number of problems set by Mr Z and recorded their findings on diagrams and concept maps. They thoroughly enjoyed the lesson!"

The work will also form the basis of the school's application for the 2013 Discover Primary Science and Maths Award.

Meanwhile, the pupils are taking their green flag preparation even further as they hook up with the Duagh Tidy Towns Committee on Saturday for the area's National Spring Clean.

"We hope to clean up around the village, plant some new shrubs and flowers near the grotto beside the graveyard and clean up the secret walk area. We hope to see lots of our pupils and their parents out with their wheel barrows, spades and shovels and have some fun on the day too!" Máiréad added.

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