Report on School Completion Programme Summer Camp – July 2015

School Completion Programme (SCP) Summer Camp – July 2015.

On Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th of July fourteen students from five local primary schools (Scoil Naomh Mhuire, Scoil Naomh Ide, Our Lady Queen of Apostles Clonburris, Scoil Naomh Aine, and Sacred Heart National School Sruleen) attended the summer camp in Colaiste Bride. The students from 4th, 5th and 6th class attended the workshops as part of the school completion summer programme.

On the first day students made sundials from cardboard and used the sundials to the time using the sun.  While outside they also learned how to locate the cardinal points (North, South, East and West), locate the constellations and search for planets using the iphone app SkyView.

Photographs from Day 1:

On the second day the students explored the Solar System using the free astronomy software Stellarium. They explored the sky at night on their birth dates, looked for shooting stars, the moon, and the Milky Way. The travelled forwards and backwards in time and searched the night sky for planets and stars. They explored and watched the recent solar eclipse in March 2015 happen all over again. They looked at the constellations and looked for their own star sign in the night sky. The zoomed in on the moon and looked at the surface of the moon and other planets of the solar system. We hope to see these girls studying Science when they go to secondary school.

Photographs from Day 2:

European Union Funded Inspiring Science Education Project

Coláiste Bríde has been selected as one of 21 Irish schools to partake in the Inspiring Science Education (ISE) Project.  This is a two year pan European project which will bring together 15 European countries.  The aim of the project is to provide digital resources and opportunities for teachers to help them make science education more attractive and relevant to students' lives.

Coláiste Bríde and only 3 other schools in Ireland were successful in their Erasmus+ funding application.  This funding will be used to train Science, Physics, Biology, Maths and Computer Programming teachers during the February mid-term in the latest, interactive tools and digital resources.


After the course teachers will also have access to remote and online labs, and relevant scenarios for use in the school classroom.  Students will be inspired to use these eTools and digital resources to complete projects and learn Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM related subjects) in a practical, competitive and exciting way.


Inspiring Science Education Project showcased at the Microsoft/O2 Ireland 'Enhancing Education with Technology' Conference at Coláiste Bríde.

The Inspiring Science Education (ISE) project was highlighted at the Microsoft and O2 Ireland Enhancing Education with Technology conference on November 12th 2014 in Coláiste Bríde.  The Science Department gave a workshop on two innovative ISE tools, the Worldwide Telescope and Stellarium.  Both these tools use space science and astronomy to engage students in the sciences.


The workshop also used te opportunity to spread awareness of the huge work being done under the ISE project along with the resources and training being provided.  The workshop also outlined what Irish schools need to do (register, e-maturity questionnaire, action plan) to become a pilot school.

A big thank you to Ms. Madders' 6th year Physics class, who performed a very enjoyable and engaging trial run on the two Astronomy etools prior to the workshop.


To find out more about the Inspiring Science Education Project, click on the following link:


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