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.
We really enjoyed International Dot Day here at Togher N.S. As part of our celebrations we have made a short film incorporating an animation made using Scratch programming. Please check it out below.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.