Float your Boat Challenge

The children in Miss Daly’s room were given the challenge of making a boat out of modelling clay as part of Engineer’s Week. The children experimented with many different shapes and sizes with varying results – getting a block of modelling clay to float is not an easy task! The children were soon experimenting with different designs with more and more success.

Build a Bridge Challenge

The children in the Senior Room were asked to design and build model bridges as part of Engineer’s Week. The children produced beautiful model bridges using a wide variety of designs and materials. Our young engineers then had the opportunity to show their bridges to the younger children and explain the construction techniques involved.

Engineering Week 2019

Engineers Week is a week-long programme of nationwide events with the aim of celebrating the world of engineering in Ireland. Coordinated by the Engineers Ireland STEPS programme this week is an opportunity for everyone to raise awareness of the contribution of engineering to our society.  It was held in our school last week.

3rd – 6th were asked to  construct a bridge as part of engineering week.

Photos will be placed here during the week.

Robotics and Coding

As part of our Robotics and Coding initiative the children have been busy exploring their WeDo 2.0 sets. WeDo 2.0 is based upon the latest science standards and was created to enhance students’ curiosity and science skills. With real-world science projects, including engineering, technology and coding, students experience how science comes to life. WeDo 2.0 builds students’ confidence to ask questions, define problems and design their own solutions, by putting discovery in their hands and their minds.

WeDo Robotics

The children in the Senior Room have been really engaged in our School Excellence – Digital programme this week.  Our “hands-on mind-on” approach to learning engages children, sparks creativity, develops critical thinking skills, and is just fun! LEGO WeDo 2.0 brings to life the building elements that motivate children to collaborate, build, problem-solve, and explore, all while deepening their STEM learning and developing 21st-century skills.

Lifetime Lab

The children from 3rd to 6th classes had a fantastic day at the Lifetime-Lab on Friday. Lifetime Lab, with its interactive exhibit area, dedicated classroom space, onsite playground and historical importance, is an ideal location for primary school children to engage with science and maths (STEM subjects). The primary science workshops focus on the skills, concept development and content objectives of the SESE Science Curriculum. This year the theme of the workshop was electricity. The children were soon creating and drawing electrical circuits, making battery operated models and learning about amps, conductors and resistors. Find out more about the Lifetime-lab here  http://www.lifetimelab.ie/

 

K’nex in the Junior Room

The children in Miss Daly’s room are having great fun during K’nex time. Building K’NEX models helps children to understand subjects such as structures, forces and simple machines while also helping to develop innovation skills, problem-solving skills and team-working skills.

 

 

It’s K’nex Time!

K’NEX STEM building sets teach children the core disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and how to also have fun while learning! These sets provide children with many educational benefits including – Building critical thinking skills, Problem-solving, Following directions, Forming new ideas, Analyzing, Innovating and Creativity. K’NEX nurtures the naturally curious minds of children, fueling imagination and creativity while simultaneously increasing their knowledge.

 

Explosive Chemistry

We have been experimenting with chemical reactions as part of Science week. The chemical reaction between baking soda and vinegar is a wonderful “hands on – minds on” demonstration that children can enjoy and understand. Baking soda is a bicarbonate and vinegar is an acetic acid. When baking soda and vinegar are mixed together the initial reaction is two new chemicals – carbonic acid and sodium acetate. The carbonic acid formed as a result of the first reaction is unstable and immediately begins to decompose into water and carbon dioxide gas. The volume of gas produced is greater than the container can hold and so inflates the balloon. CH3COOH + NaHCO3 = CH3COONa + CO2 + H2O