The Lego Mindstorm project will bring children, young adults, parents and teachers from primary and second level schools together for Lego Mindstorm Workshops and subsequently for Space Challenge Competitions and Exhibitions of Project work and Project Sharing ideas. In addition, the second-level schools will engage in Skype workshops with one another to assist and advise each other on how to improve and fine tune robots built. Finally, young people from second-level schools will deliver training to Primary schools in their local area.
Workshops will take place initially with teachers. We will bring all primary teachers together for a series of workshops (1.5 hours *6) totalling 8 hours in Year 1. These workshops will revolve between schools with 1 being held in each school. Likewise, second Level Teachers will be brought together and each school will host 1 workshop. These workshops will not only be used for skills development and information sharing, they will also allow teachers to better understand the environment the other teachers operate it and to learn for one another.
Workshops will then be held with parents in the primary schools. These workshops will ensure that parents understand the importance of expert thinking, complex communication and the development of technical skills in their children. It will also demonstrate to parents that they can better engage in communication with their children through creative and interactive play. The parents will subsequently be assigned to groups of learners in primary school as mentors for the space challenge project. This may result in some parents discovering skills they were not aware of and ultimately pursuing these through some of the IT courses available locally. It will also facilitate friendly competition between parents from different communities North and South of the Border in the Shared workshops and Show and Tell End of Year Activity.
The children in the Primary Schools will participate in initial training sessions in their own school with the 2 designated teachers present. These sessions will be followed by sessions facilitated by parents whereby parents take on a mentoring role to manage teams of 5 learners to work towards the Space Challenge Project. All Primary Schools will then be brought together for Show and Tell exhibition at the end of the project. Children and parents will engage with one another in an informal manner, looking at each other’s projects presentation, questioning one another and learning from one another.
Workshops will be held in each Second-Level school initially to train the children in the use of Lego mindstorm. Each school in the North will be paired with 2 schools in the South for an initial workshop and subsequently for Skype sessions where required whereby students link in with partner school to report progress and advise on better ways of programming/building. The Students from all second-level schools will then come together to present their projects for the Space Challenge. Not only do the students need to develop Lego Mindstorm programming and building skills, they also need to develop Presentation and IT skills to present their projects to the audience.
- Scoil Mhuire, Clontibret, Co Monaghan
- Clontibret National School, Co. Monaghan
- St Tiernach’s Primary School, Clones
- St Mary’s Primary School, Tassagh, Co Armagh
- Drumhillery Primary School, Armagh
- Beech Hill College, Monaghan
- Largy College, Clones
- Castleblayney College, Castleblayney, Monaghan
- Monaghan Collegiate School, Monaghan
- City of Armagh High School, Co. Armagh
- St Patrick’s High School, Keady
“This project has been supported by the European Union’s Peace IV Programme managed by the Special European Union Programmes Body.”