Today Bob and Chris visited from STEM Learning. STEM are a wide range of volunteers that work in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths. Bob used to work as an electrician and builds lots of fantastic robots (using a 3D printer, raspberry pi’s and coding) and Chris is an Innovation Specialist and was telling us about how how many ground breaking companies he works for that come from Wales! First of all Bob showed us some health and safety guidelines so we could explore the equipment safely. He taught us about bread boards, tiny switches, and how many LED’s and robots we could find in our houses. Then we got to build our own circuits to make working traffic lights – Just like in the real world! Our fingers were the perfect size for the wiring!! Next we had a challenge to try and get all the lights working off one switch so we could make lighting strips like the ones in our classroom. We had to think about it very carefully, then figure out which wires we could and should move. Chris was very helpful at giving us clues to help us if we got stuck.
Bob had recently entered a robot competition in Cambridge with his nephew where they had to make robots using raspberry pi’s to complete different tasks like:
Aiming a golf ball, following a line accurately, following a maze, and popping a balloon.
He brought in the robots and showed us how to do some basic instructions (using coding) and let us play with the different robots, even at play time!
Thank you so much Bob and Chris, we had loads of fun!
Over the last couple of weeks we have been thinking a lot about refugees. A local charity organises away days for refugees to our area. We wanted to help. See the above link for more details of what was a brilliant day!
Year 4 thought carefully about how our visitors might be feeling and how we could make them feel welcome. They were really good at putting themselves in other peoples shoes. Then they used their DT designing, joining and measuring skills to make some Croeso cards with wales themed levers. They looked fantastic and were really appreciated.
Over the course of the winter cross country season our school has been taking part in lots of different cross country races all around the county. We’ve really enjoyed visiting lots of different schools and inspiring other children to take part and get fit! The competitions rounded off with a last open circuit at Gwernyfed High School, run by the schools Sports Ambassadors. Then we were invited to a final race up at the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth. The children did incredibly well, and great team spirit shown by all!
Overall school champions dab for victory!
Year 6 Team winners
Special congratulations to Jack Organ who won the Year 6 Boys race and the Year 6 Boys team who won their team race.
Over the last couple of weeks our class has been learning about electricity and how to build simple circuits. Our final circuit building task was to use our knowledge of batteries, joining methods, components, conductors and insulators in developing our own switches using common materials. We were given card, foil, corks, drawing pins, paper clips and electrical tape. We looked at lots of different switches found around our school to start with. Then we applied our new knowledge of twist, press, and pull switches to create our own designs. After an afternoon of creating and problem solving, inventing solutions ‘on the hoof’ we ALL managed to make working switches!