Cross-curricular was the name of the game as our TYs united under the flags of Chemistry and Geography, and the leadership of Ms. Phelan and Mr. Lonergan, for an educational ramble along the seaside. Ms. Phelan reports:
We were in Whiterock Killiney – not far from Bono’s house (and a famous Geography teacher’s)! Chemistry were studying the effects of acidification of the ocean due to the absorption of excess Carbon Dioxide. This essentially means that shell fish must be very worried about their houses dissolving: a whole new dimension to the problems of homelessness! We also looked for evidence of enrichment with Phosphates and Nitrates (possibly due to sewage) which causes algal growth and ultimately bacteria populations to decompose the algae, thus depriving the water of oxygen. Not good news for Spongebob, Patrick and all in Bikini Bottom! Meanwhile, the Geography kids were studying beach-drift and different rock types and measuring the height of the cliff… with a bit of stone-skimming on the side!