Step 1 ~ Science
Junior Infants investigated conditions for growth of bulbs. They were very delighted to see the bulbs planted in autumn flowering in the spring.
Second Class investigated the properties and characteristics of materials. Problem-Teddy went on a picnic and packed loose tea leaves. Nobody likes loose tea leaves. Can we design our own tea bags using materials in the classroom?
Step 2 ~ Technology
We invited all our pupils to get coding and create their own animations and games using Scratch for our Annual School Scratch Competition. We had participation from Infants right up to Sixth Class. Six projects were selected to go forward to the National Scratch Competition 2017. These projects were:
Animal Rescue Centre by Amelia ~ Senior Infants
The Solar System by Aislinn ~ First Class
Marvelous Macaroons by Ellie ~ Second Class
Rainbow Factory by Anna ~ Sixth Class
Chip Guy by Christina & Archie ~ Sixth Class
Weather by Alex ~ Sixth Class
Step 3 ~ Engineering
During Engineers Week, Third Class had a visit from Engineer Martha Burton. They had a busy and enjoyable day investigating currents and engineering radios, buzzers and other interesting projects.
Second Class used their engineering skills to construct rollercoasters.
Step 4 ~ Maths
Step 5 ~ STEM Show & Tell
This was our first year to participate in the Intel Mini-Scientist Competition. We held our In-School Exhibition on Friday 25th November 2016. It proved a great success. There was a great buzz and many sparks of learning. All were impressed with the quality of the research and the presentations. Aoife and Isobel were selected as overall winners for their project “The Kermit Effect” which looked at how and why copper in water turns hair a greenish colour. The girls went forward to the Regional Finals in Intel Headquarters.
Many students are already thinking and talking about their projects for next year.