In February we decided to host a Technology and Engineering Week in school. The STEM Committee organised lots of fun and engaging activities for all the classes. From engineering projects, coding, building electronic circuits to working with robotics, there was plenty for everyone to enjoy. We also held a Safer Internet Day during this week to remind everyone of the importance of staying safe online.
Step 3: Engineering Projects
Classes from Junior Infants – Sixth Class took part in various engineering projects either individually or as a group. Junior and Senior Infants were tasked with making ‘Junkbots’. 1st&2nd class engineered boats form recycled materials and tested that they would float. 3rd&4th Class engineered bridges from different materials and tested that they would withhold the weight of a toy car. Finally 5th&6th Class engineered a ‘follow the flow’ marble run. Check out some of the entries below.
Step 2: Coding projects
Children from 1st-6th Class took part in coding hour as part of their computer classes. They were asked to make a Scratch project depicting or talking about a new invention. Check out some of the wonderful projects below.
Step 2: Building simple electronic circuits
Children created many different electronic circuits using Snap Circuits.
Step 2: Robotics
All classes got the chance to explore robotics using Beebots and Lego Wedo. Working individually or in groups to build and/or programme Robotics. The Junior classes loved programming the Beebots to move around the board or even to direct them to other students in the classroom. The Senior classes used to ipads to follow instructions on how to build different robots using Lego Wedo. They then used the app to programme the robots to move.
Step 2: iPads in the classroom
The Junior classes used the Beebot app to practice directions and problem solving in maths. Some classes used Maths playground during maths lessons. 1st&2nd class used google slides to retell the story of the Giants Causeway.