Is there anything more joyful than flying a kite? How about, designing, making and then flying your very own personalised kite? This is exactly what Fifth Class set about doing this year when they created their very own kites.
Ancient Irish Monastery
Third Class put their design and make skills to the test by recreating an ancient Irish Monastery with a round tower, monks huts, a scriptorium, Church, guest house and a refectory all surround by a wall, as it would have appeared in the 6th/7th Century.
Fifth Class worked collaboratively in groups to research, design, make and present their very own boardgames.
During Aistear Junior Infants love to plan, design, make, create and discuss at their junk art station. They have made some amazing inventions this year incuding a bird feeder, binoculars, bridges and robots!
Investigating Local Engineering
Every good engineer knows that researching other interesting buildings/ structures and their designs is an integral part to a great design. What better place to research than our own local community? First Class came across this beautiful bridge in Lucan when they were in the planning stages of their work on bridges. After seeing this bridge in real life, they were inspired to design and make their own beautiful bridges. They tested out if their bridges would be able to remain stable while being driven on by toy cars and it looked like the planning paid off, very stable bridges!
Learning About Engineering Concepts
First Class had great fun testing out how the gradient of a slope can affect the speed of something rolling down it. In order to do this, first they created a car, using card, cocktail sticks and blue tac and then they created ramps of different gradients using their books and items in the class.
In Junior and Senior Infants, the children are experts in construction. To build these impressive structures, they need to engage in both teamwork and problem-solving.
Water Filtration System
Having constructed, tiled and grouted a very impressive swimming pool in school, a soon-to-be engineer in 6th Class teamed up with his classmate to create this water filtration system.