An enthusiastic group of P6 & 7 engineers began an exciting STEM project last week as they aim to build an electric go kart. The project, funded by the Parent Council, aims to encourage an appreciation and understanding of engineering and technology amongst pupils.
Each group spends an hour a week completing aspects of the build, on average the build takes around 15 hours to complete. So far the basic chassis has been assembled a long with the steering column and the seat.
As part of the project, the young engineers involved will write a short blog to share updates next week.
It is hoped that after this initial attempt, another group of young engineers will have the opportunity to build the Goblin Go kart.
On the 22nd of November we went to St Mary’s Cathedral near the Omni cinema. There were 8 P6 and P7 pupils with Mr Burgess. When we arrived we saw schools from all over the archdiocese. The mass was a celebration of 100 years of Catholic education and Bishop Toal of Motherwell celebrated the mass. Archbishop Leo Cushley accepted the Icon of Jesus the Teacher on behalf of the people of St Andrews and Edinburgh before leaving to fly to London. We sang lovely hymns and then avoided the rain on the way back to school on the bus!
Primary 6 have been involved in this interesting project this term. What kind of Edinburgh? is all about children and young people’s voices being heard, and adults listening to their ideas to make Edinburgh a happy, healthy and safe place to live for everyone.
There are 24 children, 20 young people and a number of adults involved in the project. These adults are our ‘Project Champions’, who who are adults working across different services in Edinburgh like the NHS, the City of Edinburgh Council, the Police and many more.
Sometimes we meet in small groups, and then about every four or five weeks we have a big meet about an important theme.
This blog will tell you all about the project and what we’re getting up to.
What we’ve been up to so far…
- The first thing we did was learn all about children’s rights.
- We met all of the other children and young people from the different schools and the adult champions.
- We talked about our goal to make Edinburgh a better place for children to live.
- We’ve also discussed lots of different things like human dignity, and done lots of different activities.
- We’ve made maps about the places we live and thought about things we like, and the things we want to change.
- At our last big meeting we talked about fairness.
Last week we received an email from one of our former pupils Jakob. He included a link to a slideshow of his adventures in Cambridge. Below is a short film of photos highlighting some of the adventures of P6A this year. We hope Jakob enjoys our short video too!