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Engineers Visit - John Sweeney

posted Apr 24, 2018, 2:38 PM by Owen Breslin   [ updated Apr 24, 2018, 2:48 PM ]

As part of Engineers Week John Sweeney from Megs Fabrication visited the boys and girls of Ms Dunnes class and Ms Moriaritys class to discuss his work as an engineer. The boys and girls showed great interest to what was a very interesting talk and there were many questions for John at the end. He was so generous with his time and we are very grateful to him for coming in.

2nd and 3rd class engineering activity

posted Mar 29, 2018, 1:05 PM by Owen Breslin   [ updated Mar 29, 2018, 1:05 PM ]

Ms Moriaritys class had great fun during our recent Engineers Week. They investigated some of the forces that would act on a bridge and experimented with different ways of designing a simple bridge. Pupils also got t0 test their building skills using spaghetti and marshmallows.

Engineers Week visit - Paul Maher

posted Mar 22, 2018, 5:20 AM by Owen Breslin   [ updated Apr 24, 2018, 4:17 AM ]

Mr Paul Maher visited the boys and girls of 4th class during Engineers week. He gave a very interesting talk  about the world of building design and construction and there were countless questions from a very interested class. 
many thanks to Paul and all of our their visitors for sharing their expertise with us.

Engineers visit - Michelle Crilly IBM

posted Mar 13, 2018, 5:06 AM by Owen Breslin   [ updated Mar 13, 2018, 5:06 AM ]

On Friday morning one of our 6th class parents, Michelle Crilly  joined us to tell us all about her work as a software engineer.  Pupils from 5th and 6th class joined together to hear about software is developed and tested and how information technology is such an integral part of our world today. Michelle talked about some of the exciting projects that IBM are involved in at the moment. Of particular interest to the children was a video about a self drive vehicle called Ollie. Once again what was intended as a short presentation had to be extended such was the volume of questions that  the children wanted to put to Michelle. We are very grateful to her and to all of our speakers who have given the pupils a wonderful flavour of the engineering world.

The pupils wrote out what they had learned from the presentation and it was interesting to see that lots of the pupils had learned many different things about software and IT.

Engineers week showcase

posted Mar 8, 2018, 3:39 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Mar 9, 2018, 6:45 AM by Owen Breslin ]

We have been very busy in Killeigh NS celebrating Engineers week and lots of the classes have undertaken engineering challenges. Today we gathered in our school hall for our engineer week showcase where the boys and girls got to show off their work. 


Pupils from Ms Moriaritys class and Ms Dunnes class talked about building structures from spaghetti and marshmallows and they also gave us some useful hints on bridge building.

Next up, it was the turn of the boys and girls of Ms McElduffs 5th class who made some very impressive catapults. They told the children what materials they had used in construction and how the catapults worked.  Inspiration came from a number of sources including a roman catapult!  We were also given a demonstration of a catapult that launched a marble high up into the air. As part of the engineering process the boys and girls had to think about what improvements they would like to make to their product and one of the pupils told the crowd that he would like to improve his by extending the range of his catapult. It was wonderful to see the children engage with the engineering process so much.


The boys and girls of Mr Breslins 5th class have spent the last week designing and making electronic games and it was their turn next to demonstrate how each one worked and how they were constructed.



6th class boys and girls took on the challenge of making their own pin ball machines. They demonstrated their games and explained 
how they had constructed each machine. From looking at the demonstration of each mechanism it was obvious how much thought and
hard work had gone into each machine.


Perhaps the highlight of the day was the presentation by 4th class who had taken on the egg drop challenge. They had to design a system that would protect an egg from breaking when t was dropped from a height. After they had described their solutions they got the chance to demonstrate that their devices worked. Every group got a big cheer as egg after egg made it safely to the ground. (I hope to post more picture or videos of this soon)

It was a very enjoyable occasion and many thanks go to our teachers and the pupils for all their hard work.

Engineers visit - Angela Troy

posted Mar 8, 2018, 3:04 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Apr 24, 2018, 4:18 AM by Owen Breslin ]

As part of our Engineers Week celebration we invited a number of our parents to speak to the pupils about working in engineering.
 This morning Mrs Angela Troy visited the boys and girls of 5th and 6th class to discuss her life as an engineer. Some of the topics discussed were
  • life as an engineer
  • engineering in our environment
  • the use of engineering in medicine
She also demonstrated a range of medical devices to the boys and girls in 6th class. It was an incredibly interesting talk and we are very grateful to Angela for coming in.

Engineers week in 5th class

posted Mar 8, 2018, 4:10 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Apr 24, 2018, 4:03 AM by Owen Breslin ]

The boys and girls of Mr Breslins 5th class took on the challenge of designing and building an electronic board game. Building on the knowledge they had gained from learning about electrical circuits, they looked at simple games they could design themselves using simple circuits.

Kaylah, Charlie, Caoimhe and Gary have designed an electronic game called "Switch It" for Engineers week. The aim of the game is to get the pattern right.

Katelyn, Mollie, Patrick and Darragh made an electronic fuzzball table. when the ball goes into the goals a buzzer goes off and a light turns on.

Aoife, Shane, Conor and Skaiste made an electronic operation game. when you touch the tinfoil with the tweezers lights light up and a buzzer goes off.
 Hannah, Alannah and Tanya made a game called "Can you be the Dentist" for Engineers week. If you land on a bad tooth a buzzer goes off and its eyes light up. when that happens, you have to pick up a card. 

Engineers Week - challenge - Mr Breslins 5th class

posted Feb 27, 2018, 3:01 PM by Owen Breslin   [ updated Feb 27, 2018, 3:01 PM ]

As part of Engineers Week every class is encouraged to take on an engineering challenge. The challenge 5th class has undertaken is to design and build an electronic game. 

We have emphasized the importance of the design process and have been following the framework from the website. Look qt the pictures below to see the progress so far.  Stay tuned for more updates!!!

The design process


Budding engineers !!

posted Feb 27, 2018, 2:20 PM by Owen Breslin   [ updated Feb 27, 2018, 2:20 PM ]

These clever builders from Sen Inf got involved in the spirit of engineers week by working together to build this impressive tower. Well done lads.

Engineers week next week

posted Feb 23, 2018, 2:33 AM by Owen Breslin   [ updated Feb 23, 2018, 2:41 AM ]

Engineers week  takes place next week and we are taking part here in Killeigh NS. The following are some of the activities we have planned:
  • class visits by engineering professionals
  • Every class will take on an engineering challenge
  • colour engineering posters
  • showcase of all our work in the hall

Stay tuned for more updates throughout the week

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