Lego Spike and Coding Buddies

Colm’s 4th class went to Amy’s room in pairs at about half-nine. Sarah’s 1st class also came in. Colm sorted us out into parts of the room with our first-class coding buddies. Half of us stayed in Amy’s room to do Lego coding and half of us went to Colm’s room to do Scratch coding. We got an IPad and a Lego Spike Kit and got to work on our Lego projects. Our first project was the “Animal alarm”. We coded our alarm to go off when the sensor saw an animal. Then we taught the first class how to build the Lego and built the “Animal alarm”. After that, we tidied up our first project we moved to the next project. We built a row boat and coded it to move along water.

You have heard about the Lego Spike so we will tell you about coding (Scratch). It was two first classes with one-fourth class. The topic was the farm. Some of us added Irish words. We taught them how to move the animals around and showed them how to get the animals to talk and also change the background and some of the characters.

We had so much fun with 1st class and we can’t wait to do it again next Friday!

By Eve, Roisín, Ellie, David & Abi

Munster Credit Union Quiz

On 2/3/2023, the quiz team met at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Limerick at 6:00pm. There were schools from Clare, Limerick, Tipperary, and Kerry though most of the schools were from Limerick. There were 10 rounds for the junior teams and 12 for the senior teams with 6 questions each. They told us the score every 4 rounds. In the 4th round, when they told us the score, we were second last so we thought we lost. In the 8th round, we were tied for second! And after we waited for the senior rounds to finish, we heard that we got 41 points which was the highest score by one. Ennis National School came first in the senior rounds. Some of the questions were really hard but some were easy and some we knew by luck! Now we are going to the RDS in Dublin on April 2nd for the All-Ireland Credit Union Quiz final

By Aidan Hogan

INTEL Mini-Scientist Grand Final

On Wednesday 22nd February, Jack and Mark went to Maynooth University for the INTEL Mini Scientist. We got there at around 10 o’clock. When we got there we met our principal. We started to get ready at about half 10. We went down to our seats and the judges told us about themselves. The main judge was called Phil Smith the next judge was Sarah Sexton and the last judge was Tracey Nolan. At half eleven they started to judge. There was a book judge and a visual judge. Following that, we went to have lunch. They looked at our project and how it was about to change the climate aka saving the world. After that, we went back and Phil Smith did a few experiments with us. First, he did a rocket experiment. After he did a few other really cool, fun experiments. The judges tallied their scores but sadly we didn’t win, we had a brilliant day!

By Mark Reynolds & Jack O’Driscoll