Scratch Coding

It used to be STEM and now it is STEAM! So what does the A stand for?  – It stands for Art! At Togher N.S. we have always liked to incorporate Art into out STEM learning. Scratch is a wonderful example of STEAM – combine artwork with coding to create an animation or game. The children in 3rd and 4th have been busy developing their STEAM skills with Scratch. Scratch is free to download here.

 

 

WeDo 2.0

The children in 1st and 2nd were delighted to get their hands on the WeDo 2.0 robotics and coding kits. The WeDo 2.0 kits provides an excellent platform for science learning, offering an innovative way for students to model reality, conduct investigations, and use design skills. This week the children were busy building Milo the science rover.

 

BeeBots

As part of Togher N.S. – School Excellence Digital funding we have been able to purchase some new equipment for our BeeBots. The children in Miss Daly’s room really enjoy these friendly little robots which are a perfect tool for teaching sequencing, estimation and problem-solving. As a “Hands On – Minds On” school these robots allow our children to experience hand’s on maths in the most enjoyable way.

Robotics

The children in the 5th and 6th classes were busy building and coding EV3 Mindstorms robots this week. As part of our School Excellence – Digital project we have the opportunity to explore the benefits of robotics and coding. As the world grows more technologically complex, computer science and computational thinking are becoming even more crucial fundamentals for students to learn. Since you can physically see the results of your coding exercises, robots offer a uniquely engaging format for learning these concepts. By its nature, the study of robotics inherently incorporates all four pillars of STEM while also encouraging teamwork, problem solving, and leadership for our students.

Robotics

The children in 3rd and 4th classes were busy today building and coding different robots using Lego WeDo 2.0. There’s no better way to learn than to learn through play! Robotics lessons with Lego WeDo 2.0 are a great opportunity for children to build their own robots and to create the code to control them. The children work in small groups to build mechanisms and make them operate in the way they want them to. With Lego WeDo 2.0 projects the children develop an understanding of correct troubleshooting procedures to solve various engineering problems while having a lot of fun.

 

West Cork Robotics

Our School Excellence – Digital initiative has allowed our school cluster to fund innovative new technologies that introduce children to computational thinking and engineering principles in a fun and engaging way. The three West Cork Schools – Togher N.S, Cappabue N.S. and Drinagh N.S. have been busy putting these new technologies to good use. Find out more from our latest video.