On the Friday of Science week, the seniors went to the Science Ireland Rocket Workshop with Declan in the Mayo Museum of Country Life. There we learned lost of things about rockets, launches, air pressure and and fuel! We even got to build our own rockets which were amazing. We met our twitter friends from Craggagh NS there and we all had a great time launching our rockets! We were super proud our two teams came 1st and 3rd in the launch challenge, we may have some budding aeronautical engineers or Astronauts in the making!
Cian in first class won the national final of Scratch for Junior Infants to 1st Class in Dublin Castle on Thursday last. Cian made a game – Cians Frozen Game about 8+ tables. He had to present it to the judges in Dublin and then the public were allowed to come in and lots of people played his game. Everyone really loved it and one little girl said it was “addictive”. Cian also got to meet lots of other little and big coders from around Ireland and play lots of cool games. He was sitting beside a little boy Jack from Ballymun who had made the game Mutant Muinteoir, he was great fun. Mrs Mangan got to meet the teacher and kids from Lackamore NS who we are friends with on twitter. They are a small school too with only 20 pupils. They won a big prize on the day too! Small schools are mighty!! Well done to all.
We are delighted to have been announced as one of the final three schools in the All Ireland Online Mathletes Challenge. We dont know yet if its a gold, silver or bronze position for us but we are just thrilled to have made the top three in our very first year of the competition. Well done to Shakira, to Nora and to Tiernan on all their hard work, now its time to get the rewards and enjoy a day out in Dublin for the awards ceremony and the big announcement which we see one school crowned All Ireland Champions 2015. Best of luck to our near neighbours over the border in Galway, Milltown NS and to St Joesphs Clinstown in Co. Kilkenny who are in the top 3 with us!
Padraic and Aoibheann were yesterday announced as winners of the Group Project of the eircom Junior Spider Awards for their project www.farmsafety4kids.net.
They went to Dublin with Mrs Mangan and Cian and Cameron went too. On the train they met Inver National school and the children from the Gaelscoil in Claremorris. When they got to Dublin they went to Facebook HQ in a mini bus taxi. In Facebook HQ they got to do lots of cool stuff like walking a tightrope, face painting, balloon making, a wind tunnel paper grab and a photo booth. The photo booth was the best fun! Our teacher met our friends in St Peters in Bray and their teacher went in the photo booth with her!! The big kids from secondary school thought they were the coolest teachers ever…..!!!!
After a picnic lunch we had to go to the big room where the awards were to be presented. Mrs Mangan was filming the awards ceremony and she got such a shock and surprise that she dropped the ipad onto her lap! We were amazed to win, its such an honour! Thanks to Eircom, to Facebook HQ, to all the junior spiders team and of course to everyone we met for such a great day!
Nora, Shakira and Tiernan were all competing in the Mathletes finals in NUIG on Saturday. They had a great day with plenty work involved too! They first had LearnIT lego workshop where they made Lego Cars which when put on a ramp, they had to learn which could go the furthest! Next up was a speed test on Khan Academy and finally a written paper before lunch. Then they had the awards ceremony. It was today though that the finalists were named for the individual part of the competition. We didn’t make the individual finals this year but its something to try and get to next year! We will have to keep our fingers and toes crossed for the schools finals – we were in the lead going into the last wk, hopefully we will have been able to hold onto a top three spot!
Have a look at the Mathletes video about the provincial finals all over Ireland – you might see a familiar face!!