Some of the children from our sixth classes were treated to a STEM workshop today, Thursday 10th of October, facilitated by transition years from our neighbouring Secondary School - St. Farnan's Post Primary. The first session kicked off at 9.30 am and we got straight down to business!
The children were introduced to their mentoring transition years and were split into tables of four working with another partner. From this point, the head teacher, Gerard, explained the workshop outline and gave a demonstration of their first task - to build a race car from a range of materials and using various tools. The children worked in pairs to complete this task. After this was done, we had some races which caused great excitement!
The second project to be completed was to create a functional rocket that would be able to be launched easily with a design that would let it soar into the sky. The children were tasked with PVC pipes and caps and they had to design fins and launch materials for their rocket. The rockets were then taken outside to an open area where they were launched using the air compressors. The children watched in amazement.
A big thank you to the facilitator Gerard, the wonderful staff at St. Farnan's for inviting and hosting us and to the extremely helpful Transition years who assisted us as we engineered!