In line with govenment strategy, in Faughart Community National School we aim to provide the highest quality STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering amd Maths) education experience for all our pupils that nurtures curiosity, inquiry, problem-solving, creativity, ethical behaviour, confidence, and persistence, along with the excitement of collaborative innovation.
We have been very busy exploring Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths in school (and at home). Check out our STEM Tweets.
The Discover Primary Science and Maths Programme (DPSM) is part of Science Foundation Ireland’s Education and Public Engagement Programme, which aims to increase interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) among students, teachers and members of the public.
In Faughart Community National School this year we are currently working towards achieving a Plaque of STEM Excellence for deeper engagement with STEM, whole school involvement and external science engagement.
There are many steps that we have all have to complete to achieve this award.
2021 Application for SFI Plaque of STEM
STEP 1 - Science Provide evidence of the learners engaging in science activities in the school, or online.
- Exploration of Factors Affecting growth of Plants
- Start of Growth Experiment
- Design and Make Bird Feeders, (2) Bird Feeders in Room 1
- Butterfly Lifecycle
Energy and forces
Environmental awareness and care
- Renewable Energy Projects
- Growing Projects (2) Bee Flowers
- Biodiverstiy Week
- World Earth Day Celebrations
STEP 2 - Technology Provide evidence for 2 or more examples of how the learners used technology as part of their school work. By technology we mean the use of Information Communications Technologies [ICT], coding, robotics or product design, by students using materials.
- Christmas Poem Video - iMovie
- SESE Powerpoint ICT Project
- Sway SESE Project
- Creating Irish Video - Clips
- SESE Project - Creating Powerpoint & Kahoot Quiz
STEP 3 - Engineering Provide evidence for 2 or more examples of how the learners investigated engineering in class or in the local area.
STEP 4 - Maths Provide evidence for 2 or more examples of how the learners have applied their maths knowledge and skills in practical ways.
- Soil Investigation
- Mirror Writing - Designing and Making Name Lino Prints
- Length Investigation around the School
- Shape Investigation
STEP 5 (optional) - STEM Show and Tell Provide evidence for 1 or more example of how the learners have presented and explained their STEM work to others (beyond their own class) or examples of STEM at home by students.
- Tree Investigation
Science Blast Award
Design and Make Clinometers
Measuring Tree Height
Investigating Tree Age
- Create Podcasts to Inform others about Space
- Podcast Planning
Step 1 Science
Provide evidence of the children engaging in hands-on science investigations in school (indoors or outdoors).
- Living things
- Energy and forces
- Environmental awareness and care
Step 2 Technology (ICT)
Step 3 Engineering
Step 4 Maths
Step 5 Stem Showcase
Presenting our Hydraulics Project at the BT Young Scientist 2019:
Have a look at all the STEM work that has been going on in our school so far this year: #STEM2018-2019