Engineering week in the Senior Infants Class
For ‘Engineering Week’, the children in Senior Infants completed a STEM activity within their pods.
The only instruction given to the children was to build the tower with cups, but not to let the cups touch. They were challenged as they had to figure out how to place the lollipop sticks in a way that the cups wouldn’t touch!
Engineering Week in First Class
The lesson was divided into two stages; design and construction. Using lollipop sticks and wine gums, the children were firstly given the title of the task which was “Design and construct a freestanding structure”. They worked in pairs to design their structure. After the design phase the children worked together to build their structure working off their designs.
The Catapult Challenge in 3rd and 4th Class
The pupils in 3rd and 4th class learned all about the Middle Ages in History.
They learned about how the catapult was used as a weapon to attack castles and forts.
As part of the Explanatory genre in English the pupils in 4th class wrote up an explanation of how catapults work.
To conclude, a competition was held to determine which catapult could throw its projectile the furthest.
There was huge excitement among all pupils but in the end the winning catapults were created by Brianna in 3rd class and Eoghan in 4th class.
It was agreed that all catapults demonstrated wonderful creative and engineering skills.
Design and making a fishing game
As part of their Aistear station children designed and made a fishing game. They coloured and cut out fish and decorated an old box. They made fishing rods with chopsticks, wool and magnets. They got paper clips and attached these to the fish. When the game was complete they played the game.