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What’s under your feet?

Today Karen McKelvie, from the RSPB, came to work with us on the BTO (British Trust for Ornithology) Under your feet survey. As part of our animal project we will be surveying the school grounds to see how many invertebrates there are here. They are an important part of the local food chains. We will also be doing bird surveys. All this is part of the Citizen science project and we will be uploading our data for a national project three times during the year.

Here are some photos from this morning, when we dug our pits and then looked for the invertebrates, we were surprised to find so few.





Final STEM Challenges

Challenge No 1


We all had a fantastic time creating our own robots which could move-but they were not allowed to have wheels!

Challenge No2

Robot Wars comes to Shetland!

This time we had to design a robot which could move using wheels.

Using the knowledge we had gained from the first challenge, we quickly designed and made moving robots which used wheels.

We then went on to race our robots.


In the longer distance race:

1st. Christie and Ronan

2nd. Niamh and Bertie

3rd. Molly and Emily

In the shorter distance race:

1st. Emily and Molly

2nd. LilyJane, Zara and Holly

3rd. Jessica and Tia

Final ‘Big Challenge’ Race:

=1st Ronan and Christie, Molly and Emily

Best programming of robots:

Ronan and Christie, Emily and Molly

Everyone did a super job and had a brilliant time!





Fabulous Fun during STEM Visit

Emma Chittick visited our class today to help promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Judging by the children’s great enthusiasm and fun during the session she certainly succeeded.

The children had to programme the Lego Minds to simulate a satellite orbiting the Earth. Once this mission was accomplished they then went on to programme the ‘satellite’ to avoid space junk using its sensors.

It was super to see the concentration and perseverance displayed by the class as well as their enjoyment of the challenges set.

Emmy: It was really fun and I enjoyed using the iPad.

Christie: It was very complicated but it was great fun.

Ruby: It was really interesting to learn how to move the robot.