18 Jan

Congratulations to the students of 6th Class who earlier displayed their excellent project ‘Fingerprints & Footprints… Can we identify our classmates?, at the RDS Primary Science Fair in Mary Immaculate College of Education Limerick.

Our project explored the basics of forensic science, formation and patterns of fingerprints, the relationship between fingerprint and toe print patterns and family similarities or inheritances of fingerprint patterns. We learned about fingerprints developing in the womb, the practical implications of fingerprints, and other animals who show the same basic patterns as humans. The area of forensic science is vast, but we got an insight into the work of the Garda and Forensic Scientists during a fascinating visit to Ballina Garda Station.

We utilised some of the knowledge we had gained back in our own school, where we designed tests to examine fingerprints in our classroom. The question we posed initially in our Primary Science application was to compare fingerprints and toe-prints and also try to identify our classmates from their “prints”. We conclusively proved that the pattern order of toe-prints has no set relationship to pattern of fingerprints in all of our students. It is completely random! There may be similarities in basic patterns in families but fingerprints are not inherited. Finally, we acted as detectives and identified our classmates from their fingerprints.

This was a real team effort, all of the students played a huge part in the success of the project, not alone in preparation but also in the confident manner they presented their work today. The children received many compliments and impressed the judges from whom they received wonderful feedback. They were rewarded with a beautiful trophy for their efforts.

We are so proud of each and every one of these students and indeed all our students throughout the school. They have set a wonderful example for all our younger students and proved that with hard work, determination, enthusiasm and confidence in their own abilities anything is possible.

We look forward to what the rest of the school year brings ….!

Finally a special word of thanks to Mr.Rushe and Ms.McDonagh for all their hard work with Rang a Sé on this project. We sincerely appreciate their continued hard work, talent, interest and support.