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Urbleshanny NS participate in MI’s STEAM workshop

On Friday 9th November Monaghan Institute continued their EU Coding week events by hosting young learners from Urbleshanny National School along with their Teacher Mrs Little to participate in an EU Coding Week STEAM workshop.  The MI FE STEAM Outreach Team consisting of Level 5 Software Development and Level 6 Early Years Education students planned and facilitated the 2 hour workshop as part of the MI STEAM Further Education Outreach. STEAM FE Outreach is a Microsoft Initiative started in March 2018 with the visit of Stephen Howell from Microsoft Academic Ireland. So far the MI STEAM Outreach Team has worked with 4 local Primary and Post-Primary schools to introduce STEAM to young learners.

STEAM is the combination of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics to enhance the standardise curriculum and bring new skills to young learners. The most recent workshop involved young learners using creative and problem solving skills to Design, Debug, Develop and Deploy a small fun game using the MicroSoft Micro:Bit and creative Arts. Monaghan Institute has developed a collaborative Staff and Student STEAM Team consisting on 5 Staff members from the different faculties of Early Years Education, Software Development and Engineering, the Student members are a combination of Software Development Level 5 and Early Years Education Level 6 students with a combined skillset of creative problem solving and analytical thinking skills, along with disciplines in software languages, coding and pedagogy for learning with young people.

The Monaghan Institute STEAM Team would like to thank Urbleshanny National School young learners and their teacher Mrs Little for visiting MI and getting involved with full enthusiasm and eagerness to learn. We aim to develop more workshops with more schools in the future and hope these fun introductions will inspire a future in STEAM for all involved.