Engineers week 2023
Tallest Tower Challenge:
The children worked in pairs/group of 3 to build the highest tower possible out of straws on the first day. On the second day they tried dried spaghetti and marshmallows. They were given 15 minutes to do this. They had paper to plan their towers
After the 15 minutes were up, the children were given discussion time (5 mins) to consider how to improve their tower. They then got another 10 mins to rebuild or improve their designs.
The children decided that the spaghetti and marshmallows worked much better as the spaghetti stuck better to the marshmallow.
1st and 2nd class designed and made their own marble mazes.
Build a Town Workshop
Pupils in 3rd to 6th Class took part in the Make a Town Online Workshop by MakerMeet in conjunction with National Museum of Ireland, Turlough as part of Engineers Week. The pupils were supplied with paper and building templates. We followed along with the live stream and then we put on our ‘Engineering hats’ and designed and created our own unique towns ensuring they had the minimum requirements. A very creative activity.
Design and Make Activity
The pupils in the Senior Room designed and made air powered race cars. We used a car template along with straws, cardboard wheels, balloons and tape to create a race car. We then tested our cars to see how far they could travel and finished off with a race
Engineers Week 2022
Egg Drop Challenge:
In pairs, the children can come up with different methods of protecting their egg before dropping it.
Children recorded their predictions before the egg drop experiment. They then recorded their results and see if their predictions were right!
Tallest Tower Challenge:
The children worked in pairs to build the highest tower possible out of dried spaghetti and marshmallows. They were given 10 minutes to do this.
After the 10 minutes were up, the children were given discussion time (5 mins) to consider how to improve their tower. They then got another 5 mins to rebuild or improve their designs.
The Senior Room watched the Primary School Engineer’s Week Show Build a Bridge and Get Over It
We then created the different types of bridges and tested their strength.
Engineering with paper- design your own playground
Design and make a rocket
Making Windmills – Lesson Inspired by Microsoft Dream Space
STEPS Engineers Week 2021: Design a prosthesis
Engineer’s Week February 2021
The children in the Junior Room learned all about wind energy and wind turbines. They designed their own turbines using junk art.
They also designed and made a pinwheel each. They had great fun testing them out.
Zoom Call with Ardkeeran
As part of Engineer’s week and our Shared Education Project Junior Infants to Second Class in Taunagh and Ardkeeran N.S. were joined on Zoom by an Aeronautical Engineer, Mr. Usher. The children were given a tour of a plane and learned all about the job of an Aeronautical Engineer.