Cloghans Hill National School, a tiny school in the Parish of Roundfort on the Mayo and Galway border are runners-up in a Science Week Movie Making competition entitled “Reel Life Science” in NUIG.
The pupils made a 3 minute instructional video with the help of their teacher, Iseult Mangan, which classifies the germs we are likely to meet on a daily basis, and shows us the benefits of handwashing and disinfection.
The Cloghans Hill pupils made the characters themselves from scratch in school using ingredients flour, oil, salt, food colouring and cream of tartar (a home made play dough recipe which you can find on the school website).
Then they set about writing a script which included a catchy song to the theme of ghost-busters called germ busters. The pupils filmed and edited the video and had great fun playing with voice and sound settings.
The video has already had several hundred hits on the schools website and twitter page, the Reel life Science website and YouTube.
Indeed, the school has had a phone call from Austrailia complimenting them on their hard work as well as an email from an Indian scientist who has asked to be allowed show their video at the end of a conference he is hosting in India soon.
The school will be presented with their prize in NUIG during Galway Science Festival at 1pm on the 24th where their film along with the winning films and the other shortlisted films will be screened to the public.
Anyone wishing to view the video or keep in touch with Cloghans Hill NS Science week antics can log onto the school website or follow them on twitter @scoilanclochain