Ballymacrickett Primary School has recognised the ongoing push for STEM within primary schools. With funding and help from Randox Laboratories our school aim to try and develop pupils’ understanding of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
Ballymacrickett recently purchased Microbots to help the pupils in their projects. The pupils had to build these microbots using all the parts supplied. It was a very challenging, enjoyable and worthwhile experience for the boys and girls.
Ballymacrickett’s Primary seven had a recent visit from ICE (Institution of Civil Engineers). The boys and girls really enjoyed getting real life experience of building a bridge and what it would be like to be a civil engineer.
Ballymacrickett Primary School took part in a Microbot STEM challenge in the University of Ulster, Jordanstown. The pupils had to manipulate software to enable the microbots to complete a synchronised dance. The boys showed great expertise winning one of the prizes available.
“Enthuse Celebration Awards for STEM (Science,Technology,Engineering and Maths) Learning”
Congratulations to Ballymacrickett for coming first in the Northern Ireland Primary Schools Category. The presentation took place at Parliament Buildings, Stormont on Wednesday 29th March. This is in recognition of our whole school approach, particularly in science:
Key strengths of our school in relation to this award included:
• The positive impact in the teaching and learning in science, in particular developing children’s ability to work together and think scientifically
• The work we have developed through the Shared Education Initiative
• The effectiveness of continued professional development of staff, particularly in science
• The partnership with the local business ‘Randox’ to develop STEM
Mrs Mc Ilvar, our science coordinator, will be flying to London in July to represent our school at the UK finals.