Beebots

The children in Miss Daly’s room really enjoy working with Beebots. These friendly little robots 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.

Scratch Programming

The children in 1st and 2nd class were delighted to code their first Scratch computer game. Scratch coding allows children to become content creators – a skill that is becoming increasingly important. At Togher N.S. we enable children to use I.T. as a tool rather than just entertainment.

Mr. D’s Workshop – Rubber band powered car

When you stretch a rubber band it stores potential energy. Specifically it stores elastic potential energy—the type of energy stored when a material is deformed.  A rubber band can be attached to a simple machine—a wheel and axle—to build a simple rubber band–powered car. Experimentation and re-design allows the rubber band – powered car to go further and faster. During Mr. D’s Science Workshop the children explored and experimented with rubber band-powered cars to make their cars go further and faster. Hope you enjoy our video.

3D Printing

During the summer two teachers from Togher N.S. were invited to a workshop on 3D design and printing. This 3.5 day course was funded by EIT-Manufacturing and supported by Stryker and I-Form (University College Dublin) in Ireland; Arts et Metier Institute of Technology in France; and University of Tartu in Estonia. Participating teachers were provided with a free, long-term loan of a 3D printer for their school.

3D printing makes learning active, giving students hand-on experience and brings their CAD (Computer-aided design) projects to life. With the expansion of the applications of 3D printing technology throughout industry, it is important that students start to develop the design and technical skills required to harness this technology while giving them an enjoyable, self- directed experience.

This week we explored computer aided design and set up our 3D printer. We soon printed our first CAD drawings.

 

Free coding workshops from DojoMór 2022

 

DojoMór is a technology fun day for young people where they learn to: create a simple game, build a website, and program some electronics across Ireland in one day.

Free coding workshops from DojoMór 2022, funded by the Higher Education Authority of Ireland, will be running online, from 10am to 1pm, Saturday 22nd October 2022, offering a range of activities to suit all ages and interests. On the day, 20,000 students, from primary and secondary schools around Ireland, will learn to code in a fun and exciting virtual environment.

Coding Workshop List for DojoMór 2022:

  • Coding for Beginners with Lightbot
  • Build an App with Thunkable & Bubble
  • Code a Virtual Robot with VEX Code VR
  • Code like a Pro with HTML
  • Create a Story/Game with Scratch
  • Code a Micro-chip with Micro :bit
  • 3D Modelling with Blender
  • Making Music with Soundtrap
  • The Magic of Augmented & Virtual Reality

Scratch Coding

The children in Second class enjoyed coding with Scratch this week.

Scratch programming allows children to do amazing things by combining colourful coding blocks in interesting ways. As children progress they are able to use Scratch in more and more advanced ways.

Scratch is an excellent, engaging and fun environment for learning some fairly advanced mathematical concepts and the basics of computer science too.

Scratch programming allows children to use computers to express their creative ideas and solve practical problems and empowers children to be digital makers not just digital users. Scratch is free to download here https://scratch.mit.edu/download

Bee Bots

School Excellence Digital funding has allowed Togher N.S. to purchase robotics and coding equipment for children from Jnr. Infants to 6th class. The children in Miss Daly’s room really enjoyed working with these friendly little Bee Bot robots this week. Bee Bots are a perfect tool for teaching sequencing, estimation and problem-solving and allow our pupils to experience “Hand’s On” numeracy in the most enjoyable way.

 

Scratch

The children in First and Second class enjoyed coding with Scratch this week.

Scratch is an excellent, engaging and fun environment for learning some fairly advanced mathematical concepts and the basics of computer science too. Scratch is deceptively simple with its palette of brightly coloured blocks. The thing about Scratch programming though is that you can do amazing things when you combine the blocks in interesting ways. As children progress they are able to use Scratch in more and more advanced ways. Scratch has a low floor, but a high ceiling.

Scratch programming allows children to use computers to express their creative ideas and solve practical problems and empowers children to be digital makers not just digital users. Scratch is free to download here https://scratch.mit.edu/download