Building the foundation for future engineers with the LEGO project

The future of engineering in Ireland is secure if the results of the FIRST® LEGO® league in St. Patrick’s and St. Brigid NS are anything to go by!

The IRST® LEGO® League brings science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to children ages 4-16 through fun, exciting hands-on learning.

Four classes – two 5th, one 6th and second grade – have all been busy over the past few months creating amazing engineering projects that were showcased at a special event at the school on Wednesday 22 June.

The mayor of Drogheda Michel Hall, who is also a teacher at the school, was ready to present a special LEGO medal to each participant.

“The kids had a lot of fun designing and building their projects, and there was a lot of enthusiasm when their parents came and explained their concepts to them,” said teacher Ms. Niam Redden, HSCL coordinator at the school.

“The two Lego sets came from ‘Creative Spark’ in Dundalk, which we are working on in partnership this year. They also gave us a 3D printer this year. The other two sets were purchased with money from ‘Change X’.

The school was also presented with their first SFI Badge of STEM award, which highlights the work being done to promote subjects in the school, especially among young girls.

“The jet in the helicopter is powered by solar panels. So it has less pollution and it supplies medical supplies from China to Russia,” says Ainne Pultinavisiet, a sixth-grade student, about her project.

“We loved doing this project, and it was really interesting, and gives me the idea of ​​maybe becoming an engineer one day,” says her co-designer Lily Marie Murphy.

Three children of class V also impressed with their performance.

“Our trucks are designed to have independent controls from the rear, which means you can unload luggage separately,” says Christian Flagg, who worked on his project with his schoolmates Rytis Verinausus and Connor Kierans. did. “I already know I want to be an engineer when I grow up, so it’s been a great experience.”

Another aircraft idea is the result of the joint efforts of six fifth graders, Emily Flanagan, Lorcan Clark, Ebha Gibney, Seodin Kennedy, Emilia Data and Cody Farrell Kierans.

Ebha explains, “Our hot air balloon runs through potato peels and delivers fruits and vegetables that are not sprayed with chemicals. It was a lot of fun doing this and we all worked well together. “

More groups at Luth will have the opportunity to get involved in similar projects, such as ChangeX, the community engagement platform, has launched a €80,000 play-focused community fund with the support of the LEGO Foundation, to help communities across the country learn proven learning. to be enabled. Through play projects and empowering community groups, parents and caregivers to create more playful experiences for children.

Groups can choose from a carefully crafted portfolio of 13 proven ideas that have already had a positive impact in other communities around the world.

Ideas on offer include a mix of local ideas and proven innovations from around the world, not only the first LEGO League, but also Urban Thinkscape, which empowers communities to transform public spaces into joyful learning opportunities, for example, a Setting up the Puzzle Wall at a local bus stop.

Groups applying for funding will have 30 days to form a small team and draw up an action plan to start one of 13 projects proposed at the Ireland Community Play Fund. Upon completing these steps, they will be eligible for seed funding of up to €5,500.

Applications can be made online at: