The children in the Middle Room have been exploring symmetry in Art. We were delighted with the results.
” STEAM is the new STEM” – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths. 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.
The children are having a wonderful time learning with the Photon Robot. The Photon is an interactive educational robot that introduces children to the world of new technologies through experiences and experiments, develops their creativity and logical thinking, and teaches them the basics of programming.
As a “Hands on – Minds on school” we know that children love to learn by experimenting. We are delighted with our new Photon Robot. Our School Excellence – Digital cluster has received the first of these robots to Ireland. Logical thinking ability is becoming an increasingly important skill. Photon gives children programming related challenges that allow them to develop their logical thinking ability while having great fun.
The children in 5th and 6th classes have started building Sumo Bots using their EV3 robotics kits. There is quite a bit of research involved in both the design and coding of a Sumo Bot. Each Sumo Bot is coded before competition – they are not remote controlled. The first challenge was to code the Sumo Bots to recognise the boundary line of the arena – using a colour sensor, reverse away from it and change direction. The next step will be to code our Sumo Bots to seek an opponent, using a motion sensor and to drive towards that opponent. The children are having great fun working on different coding ideas and robot designs to create the ultimate Sumo Bot.
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.
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.
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.