During Engineers Week 2020 , first class were set the challenge of designing an escape route for Rapunzel. They used the engineering design process to firstly think about and then draw a plan of their ideas. After that they used some of the classroom equipment to build their ideas in groups. Take a look at some of our ideas and inventions!
Over the last few weeks we worked together at building this Lego set and today we completed it! Each of us played an important role as Engineer, Supplier and Builder. We look forward to building a new Lego set very soon. Below are the following phrases we practiced using during Lego Club:
We need the…
How many do we need?
Good job _______!
Thank you _______.
Do you need some help?
That goes there.
We did it!
This year in 6th class for the RDS Science Blast we decided to investigate pulley systems. First we made a single fixed pulley system but discovered that it made no difference to the weight. Then we made a multiple fixed pulley system. We calculated that there was a mechanical advantage of 1.8 with this method. Next we made a multiple pulley system using a movable pulley and a fixed pulley. This had the biggest mechanical advantage 3. Finally we wanted make a structure used in everyday life so we decided on a crane. We made the crane out of modelling wood and used 3 fixed pulleys and 1 moveable pulley. We also made a handle out of an old pencil which attaches to the pulleys and makes the crane work when you wind it. We really enjoyed doing this project.
We had great fun creating and testing our own parachutes in 3rd Class! Each group in the class decided to test a different material when making their parachutes to see which material worked the best. The materials used included tissue, paper, tracing paper, plastic, cardboard and fabric. We discovered that plastic worked the best and gave our pencil passenger the safest, steadiest landing! We also decided to test parachutes of different sizes. We discovered that the larger the surface area of the parachute, the more air resistance it will encounter. This means that larger parachutes will fall more slowly than smaller parachutes.
Take a look at our Eco friendly bags. We researched gift bags and discovered that the majority of them are made in China. We wanted to reduce the air/land and sea miles used and thereby reduce our carbon footprint by making bags of our own using old newspapers.
Task: Design a bridge
Using blocks, paper, books and crayons to test we designed bridges to see which ones were stronger and could hold the most amount of crayons. We manipulated our structures to increase their strength by folding the paper used, using double layers of paper, creating arches and structures for extra support.
The material from which a structure is made is important but you can strengthen a material by changing is shape. Bridge designers often use different shapes for example: arches and triangles. The curve of the arch spreads the load on the bridge and makes it stronger.
We were honoured to have the Minister of Education Richard Bruton launch the policy and implementation plan for STEM in education in Ireland. Minister Bruton had the chance to talk to come of the students about what they have been learning in science and maths. Here are a few pictures from the day.