The success of #RaineyRocketry in the past few years has been matched only by the enthusiasm of its members. In 2014 the inaugural meeting was held. A team was formed and against all expectations the newbies saw off competition to win the Northern Ireland heat of UKAYRoc regional finals, before finishing a very impressive 5th in the National finals. With the absence of a competition in 2015 it was a title the team were to hold for two years.
Today the Lego League Team welcomed back to Rainey Endowed our industrial sponsor Sensata Technologies. Sensata are well known in Northern Ireland for their innovation with remote tyre pressure sensing technology. Mr James Coulter, an embeded software engineer, presented the team with a Mindstorms EV3 robotic kit for use in the upcoming National Compeition in Belfast on 2nd December 2016.
On Wednesday 14th September 36 AS Biology students headed to the rocky shore at Ramore Head, Portrush to carry out some ecological fieldwork. After a crash course in seaweed identification, the pupils were tasked with completing a belt transect along the shore, from low water mark to high water mark, to record the % cover of the seaweeds as well as any marine animals found there.
On Friday Friday 16 September 2016, AS Technology & Design pupils together with Mr Palmer and Mr Fields, visited Europe’s leading independent bus manufacturer – Wrightsgroup in Galgorm, Ballymena.
A tour of the factory floor gave us an insight to the many processes and stages involved in bus manufacture. This included composite moulding, various joining methods, painting and electronic installation on the production of both double decker and single decker buses. Many of the stages were demonstrated by our excellent guides, David and Ian.
Rainey Endowed School is delighted to be sponsored by Henry Brothers for GCSE Construction and the Built Environment. The course is currently studied in Year 11 and Year 12 by keen and enthusiastic pupils.
The units covered will enable pupils to progress to access potentially hundreds of specialties, making construction a diverse and multi-faceted discipline. It’s no surprise, then, that construction is the UK’s largest industry, employing approximately 2.2 million people. However, despite the enormity of its workforce it faces skills shortages. Current strategies seek to introduce half a million skilled and qualified entrants to the industry, presenting an exciting and lucrative opportunity.
So how much technology and science does it take to produce a bottle of Coke? To find out, a group of form 4 Technology & Design pupils traveled to Coca-Cola HBC Ireland last week.
Our first stop was to see how the power is generated for such a large plant. For this we were the guests of Contour Global. Contour Global is a power generation company who have developed and commissioned a small power plant right beside Coca-Cola HBC Ireland.
Well done to our Year 8 pupils who took part in the Schools Faraday Challenge in Magherafelt High School last Friday. The teams had to work hard designing a product, coding it and making their pitch to Faraday’s judge. Both our Rainey teams were fantastic- well done to our winning team who came out top against other Magherafelt schools.
This week Technology & Design students were invited onto the site of our new sports complex. We were shown the engineering drawings and discovered how much steel really does go into such a large building. Whilst on site the concrete flooring arrived. We all watched as the huge slabs were lifted into place by a remote operator and after having done so became the first people to walk on the new floor.
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Rainey’s 2015 Lego League Team are delighted to be sponsored by Sensata Technologies. Today, the team made up of form 4 Technology & Design students, were mentored by James Coalter from the company. James is a System Design Engineer with Sensata and will spend 1 hour per week with the boys until Christmas. This is an excellent opportunity for the team to learn from a practising Engineer from a world class electronic design company. We thank James and Sensata for their support. #stem
Recently a group of Rainey Year 8 pupils began a short study focused on the Technology behind wind speed and direction detection. This class activity is being made possible through the TheWindOp.com’s generous sponsorship, a rising startup company focused on the detection and reporting of environmental conditions.