Identifying the mini-beasts

Following our trips to the local stream and hedgerow. Stephanie from the Heritage Council helped the children identify the mini-beasts they had discovered and explained their life-cycles. The younger and older children were delighted to show their finds to each other before we returned them safely to their habitats.

Exploring our local stream

Stephanie from the Heritage Council helped us to discover the many fascinating creatures that live in our local stream. The children were fascinated to learn about the identification chart that allowed them to identify the creatures they found and returned safely. We were delighted to identify stonefly naiads in the stream as they are a sign of healthy and clean water. Stephanie explained the importance of a clean habitat for biodiversity.

Weaving with Katrin

The children really enjoyed learning the age old skill of hand-weaving with Katrin today. The Industrial Revolution started with the weaving loom. Weaving cloth by hand is very time consuming and the weaving mills changed society completely. Weaving by hand gives the children a clear insight into how the process works and is also amazingly satisfying and creative.

WeDo 2.0 robotics and coding

The children in the middle room have been busy exploring their LEGO WeDO 2.0 robotics and coding kits.

Combining colorful LEGO building elements, easy-to-use hardware, and an intuitive drag-and-drop coding language LEGO WeDo 2.0 continuously engages children through playful learning activities to think critically and solve complex problems, regardless of their learning level. WeDo 2.0 helps children learn the essential STEM and 21st century skills needed to become the innovative minds of tomorrow… while having fun!

There’s a lot of learning theory that says that experiential learning is very beneficial to children as it gives them concrete experiences to connect with the more abstract, theoretical STEM concepts. Making attempts that don’t work—and figuring out why they didn’t—is a crucial part of the learning process.When children are learning through testing and troubleshooting, they’re developing a sense of confidence that it’s OK if it doesn’t work the first time.

Science, Maths, Engineering and Technology Award

We are delighted to announce that we will receive another  plaque for our Science, Maths, Engineering and Technology work in Togher N.S.

We have been very busy undertaking science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) work in school since September.   We had to submit a comprehensive portfolio with evidence of our work which included reports, videos,  powerpoints, photos and drawings.

All classes made a huge contribution to our submission.

We were delighted to receive excellent feedback  –   Excellent presentation. A great range of STEM topics explored. Children really involved and enjoying their science. Your blog is top class.  Well done to all and keep up the good work

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.