Comhghairdeas! SFI Discover Science and Maths Award 2019

We have received our Plaque of STEM Excellence Award for the 2018/2019 academic year from Science Foundation Ireland.  Our plaque will arrive in June.  The following is the feedback we received on our Log of Evidence: “Excellent presentation of your work. There is a great range and variety of STEM activities. Children were obviously very involved and enthusiastic. All enjoying themselves. Well done to all and keep up the good work!”

During the year the children from Junior Infants to Sixth Class have been busy completing some incredible science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) work in class and further afield.  We have participated in Maths Week, Science Week, Engineers Week, Scratch programming, Izak 9 problem solving and maths trails around the school.  We have been carrying out hands on investigations, doing experiments and completing design and make activities.  The children worked with simple programming using Beebots and through Bricks4Kids the children using LEGO®, Tecnhic & Robotics built various models on the theme of flight .  They explored the work of research scientists through JellyLab.  We used maths to record and analyse science investigation results, to cook and bake various recipes and the children helped upload images on our STEM video and our school website.  The children have attended workshops with parents Eva Bourke, Niall Hannon and Angela Hannon who explored the themes of engineering, science and technology in farming and the importance of hygiene and handwashing.  They went on a Seashore Safari with the Marine Institute, have enjoyed workshops with SEAI and Science through Recreation in school and had a visit from the local fire station.  Fifth and Sixth Class even got a parliamentary question asked in the Dáil by raising awareness of their concerns regarding Marine Litter with Tony McLoughlin TD.  They visited Cob House and got their hands dirty learning about constructing houses in sustainable, environmentally friendly ways.  During the week we held our fantastic STEM Showcase which was a resounding success.  Please find attached our Digital Log of Evidence which we have compiled to give a flavour of all the STEM work taking place in the school and which is being submitted in our bid to receive a Science Foundation Ireland Discover Science and Maths Award 2019.

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