JEP County Showcase Day 2017

On Tuesday we were in Claremorris at the Junior Entrepreneur Showcase day. There was lots of schools in there showcasing what they had made this year. There was some amazing ideas from rulers to plant fertilizer and knitted keyrings to smoothies. We had a great day showing our Code Hero Scratch cards. We were thrilled we even got to meet CEO of CMS distribution Frank Salmon (who bought one of our cards) and Mayo Players Donal Vaughan, Brendan Harrisson and Andy Moran!!! Aoibheann and Padraic were also on the radio speaking to Tommy Marron from Midwest – so was Mrs Mangan !!

The JEP Team 2017

Padraic and Aoibheann talk to Tommy Marron from Mid West Radio

Meeting the Mayo Players Andy Moran, Donal Vaughan and Brendan Harrisson

Presenting Donal Vaughan with a set of Coder Hero cards

START Clinical Trials 2017

On Friday the 19th of May we set off to NUIG at 9am. We were very excited as we had been shortlisted in the top three for the START Clinicla Trial competition. It was a very exciting day, they had two rooms of pure magic set up for us to explore. There was stands on every kind of thing you could imagine from making bouncy balls to extracting banana DNA, exploring the stents they put into heart attack patients, gangrenous toes,to computational thinking and statistics involving M&M’s even a set of live creepy crawlies. We had a great time going from table to table and were amazed at one table to see ourselves as movie stars!!! yes the Reel life science video we made was up and running with Enda from Reel life Science!

After alot of exploring, we went for a lovely lunch in the canteen. Everyone agreed that the students in NUIG are lucky to have a chance to eat so well every day! After lunch we went into a big lecture hall. The three schools were very excited! The judges went through our projects and told us about what they liked in them! When it came to results time we were amazed we were named as the overall winner!!!! Thank you so much to all the people involved in running an amazing competition we had a great day and we had the most amazing time running the trial in our small school.

Our Trip to Valeo

On Monday the 15th of May, we went on a school trip to Valeo in Tuam. Valeo is a French company that build cameras and sensor for cars. They also are working on developing software and technology to create driverless cars.

We arrived in Valeo by bus. Valeo has 4 buildings in Tuam, Co. Galway and we went to building 1 which is the production building. When we arrived we saw people in the cafeteria, they were mostly wearing white coats and slippers and they seemed very friendly! We checked in at reception where security signed the teachers in and gave them special badges. We were met by Rachel who was the lady showing us around. She brought us upstairs to a special board room called the Heaney room. On the way up we saw the production floor where people and robots were building camera components. We had to be very quiet on our way up so as not to disturb the workers who were hard at work.

In the board room we sat around a large rectangular table. Valeo had left a special treat for us – we got a pen, a wristband, rainbow glasses and a water bottle each (thank you Valeo) Rachel began by telling us about the history of Valeo. It began as CEL with 41 employees. Now Valeo which is 10 years in Tuam this year has over a thousand workers in Tuam. Alot of the workers are from all over the world. Valeo has a number of factories and offices in several countries so if you work there you could be able to travel between them! You can start working in Valeo when you finish school and that if you are very good they will help you to go to college or do training courses.

There are lots of different jobs in Valeo like – security, operator, operator trainer,  HR, clearer, IT, test drivers, health and safety, finance, research and development and sales to name a few!!!

Brian from research and developement came to talk to us about how the cameras work and how they have changed and can add more into the making of cameras even making them smaller of the years. He showed us some photos and clips of the cars with cameras in action. We even got to see a driverless car in America.

Helen from HR and training came to talk to us about how they make the cameras and she showed us the robots in action. We were very impressed with Hand Solo!!! She passed around some cameras and told us some of the companies that use them – we even got to see a submarine camera! That was really cool!!!

Next we got to go and see one of the test cars. We were brought down in groups and Stephen showed us the car. We got to see the cameras on the inside and the outside and we could see how you could change all the different settings. It was really cool.

All in all, we had  a great day in Valeo and we are off to do up our CV’s to apply for those jobs!!

Eir Junior Spiders 2017

We were thrilled this year to have 4 projects shortlisted for the eir Junior Spiders. On Monday we took the train to Dublin and we had an amazing day in Croke Park!

Aoibheann and Eva took home the title for the Best Group Project in the Mega Spiders section!

Heres a look at some of how the day went!

We got some lovely messages on twitter thank you everyone for the kind words!

Mid West Radio Visit

We were delighted to welcome Cormac from Mid West Radio to our school as we prepared for the Eir Junior Spiders Awards in Dublin. Cormac chatted with us about how we use technology in school and our coding work! Here’s the great video he put together about us!

ICT Edu Conference

On Saturday May 6th, we were invited to take part in  Rang Bianca at the ICT in Education Conference in LIT Thurles. We were with Rang Leanne from Nenagh and we had a great day. We spoke to lots of teachers from primary and secondary school and some people who worked in LIT about what we do in school. We showed some of our websites, scratch projects and minecraft.  We showed them some of our JEP Scratch cards too! After the showcase, we got to watch a  movie under the stars in the Exploration Dome and then we headed West. We went to pizza hut for some food and on to the Connacht v Munster PRO 12 rugby match. The result didn’t go Connachts way but we sure had a great day!

Here are some of the things people had to say on twitter – and some photos of the day!

Bank Holiday School – Circuit Building with Andrew

On Bank Holiday Monday we came to school – we had a circuit building workshop with Andrew Mulholland from Northern Ireland Raspberry Jam. We had a great day and can’t wait to see our circuits when they have been made in China – we will keep it a secret for now what we have created – watch this space!!! Thanks also to Sandra for the yummy cupcakes she made us on the day!

National Scratch Winner – well done Tiernan

On Wednesday April 26th, we went to UL with three national finalists in the National Scratch competition being run as part of Tech Week. We were thrilled on the day finding out after a round of judging with some really nice judges that Tiernan was the winner in the Junior Infants to 1st class category – well done Tiernan and well done to Cian and Padraic who were excellent finalists and received gold medals for their super work!