On Thursday 22nd of February 2018, Lacken National school was invited to the official launch of the DREAMSPACE room in Microsoft's new headquaters in Lepardstown. Students from 4th 5th and 6th class were given the oppertunity to go. When we arrived, we were greeted with a new state of the Art, massive building. It was out of this world. We were shown the DREAMSPACE room where we had been asked to engage in some activities such as Minecraft and Robotics .The room was large and had lots of interactive screens and robotic tasks for us to complete. As it was the opening of the new Microsoft building, there were a lot of people around . The minster of Higher education (Mary Mitchel O Connor) came in to the DREAMSPACE room and asked us question as to what we were doing. It was fun coding. Then the Taoiseach Mr Leo Varadkar came in and met us. He sat down with us for a few minutes and asked us a few questions. Then we swapped tasks. We had an excellent day and it was one experience we will never forget. In a few months we hope to come back.
Well, we've done it, our STEAMroom (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Maths) a sort of a Makerspace come Coderdojo in Lacken NS has finally opened and according to all sources, the first in Ireland.
I'll be honest, it has taken a huge effort by numerous people, plenty of missed weekends and long evenings, but most definitely worth all the effort. Our 'STEAMgeneers' the kids, have well and truly flipped the classroom, we've gone from having 1 teacher in the room to many!