At All Saints’ we have invested heavily in developing our Digital Technologies .
Each classroom has an Interactive Whiteboard .We have a fabulous computer classroom equipped with 30 PCs. We have invested in increasing our quantity of tablets ,purchased several sets of Bee Bots and Lego We Do sets.
Middle and Senior Classes have been engaged in developing their coding skills ,all of which further develops their analytical and problem solving skills.
Junior classes use the tablets to reinforce their literacy and numeracy learning.
Bee Bots Activities in Senior Infants and First Class
Pupils in Senior Infants and First class enjoyed using the Beebots to explore their navigational skills as they directed their bee bots around the maze and the classroom!
The children made their way around each station in the classroom and collaborated very well together. Some pupils used the bee bots to consolidate their literacy skills as their directed their bee bots to the correct words or spellings, others used the bots to test their knowledge of shapes.
Tinkercad 3D Challenge in 3rd and 4th class
This year the pupils in 3rd and 4th class took part in the 3D Printing Challenge in partnership with the Enterprise FabLab @ Creative Spark.
The theme of the challenge was
Harness energy from the motion in your community.
During this challenge, students were encouraged to think about how they can use the “everyday motion” in their community to create electricity.
Once they thought of a few examples, they started working on “something” that can use that motion to create electricity.
They designed and created rapid prototypes .
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These designs were then forwarded to Creative Spark in Dundalk . On Wednesday March 2nd Oscar from Creative Spark brought out a 3D printer to demonstrate to the pupils the 3D printing process.
There was an obvious excitement in the class when the pupils saw their printed models.
The E-Shoe has an inbuilt turbine which along with water will continuously generate electricity and will in turn heat shoes and have additional energy to charge small devices.
The E-Rucksack has solar panels attached which when exposed to the outdoors when cycling or walking to school/college will also create energy and charge other small devices.
Finally the E-Bike also has its own generator which harnesses energy while pedalling it. It is then able to charge its own torch.
On March 24th we received wonderful news that we had won the Tinkercad challenge and the prize was a visit to the Irish Manufacturing Research Lab in Mullingar on May 5th.
The class cannot wait to visit the Lab.There they will be shown demonstrations in the robotics and AR/VR labs.They will also complete in an engineering workshop .
Congratualtions to 3rd and 4th class .
Photos of our visit will be put up at a later date.