The preparations for the Vex Robotics competition are well and truly under way in Scoil Mhuire. Students from 5th and 6th class have been working on building our Stretch Robot and programming it for competition. The girls have also been researching the use of technology in the everyday lives of people and just how useful it really is. We are learning so much each week and are enjoying every step of the process. We are very proud of the Robotics team and are very excited for the Vex Robotics Primary School competition which will take place in CIT in January 2018.
STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics!! Our senior classes in particular have many opportunities to get involved in applying their scientific and mathematical knowledge to technology and engineering – Coder Dojo, Robotics and the science club being options for children in 4th, 5th and 6th classes.
This year 4th class had a Robotics workshop that they really enjoyed! You can see that they made their own robots and took them on a tour of the school!!
Touch typing is an important skill in today’s technical world and it takes time to develop both speed and accuracy. We have set up accounts for the children in 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th classes on Typing.com. The children will have a chance to practise touch typing during their weekly computer class. We would greatly encourage additional practice at home if possible. The children each have an individual login and password that can be used at home as well as at school, this means they can continue from where they left off every time they log in. Some children may enjoy keeping up with their typing over the summer holidays!
Some tips for typing practice:
- Sit comfortably with your feet on the floor. You may need to adjust the height of your seat or table and adjust the screen so you can see it comfortably.
- Your keyboard should be at a height that allows your elbows to be bent about 90 degrees and close to your sides.
- Try not to look at the keyboard while you type -you can cover your fingers with a piece of kitchen paper if you can’t resist that temptation.
- Don’t rush -you will get faster with time as you become accustomed to where the keys are and which finger needs to reach for them. A little practice done often goes a long way!
- As always, be careful when working online: be safe and report anything that you are uncomfortable with to a teacher or to your parent / guardian.