WeCreate Workspace and Fab Lab
WeCreate is a unique technology and creative workspace located in the Cloughjordan Ecovillage. Our DPSM workshops encourage pupils to use their imagination to creatively explore technological and environmental subjects.
Our learning spaces include a Fab Lab (fabrication laboratory) with digital fabrication technology where pupils experience innovative machines and tools in action. Digital fabrication uses computer numerical controlled (CNC) machines to create, invent and explore.
Our interactive workshops use 3D printing, laser cutting, vinyl cutting, CNC routers and other prototyping tools such as Little Bits (a simple and fun electronics kit). Pupils are encouraged to solve problems both artistically and scientifically.
Pupils investigate a range of themes in the SESE / Science and Maths curriculum, and WeCreate provides access to leading-edge technology. Visiting DPSM schools participate in interactive activities and hands-on projects in an inspiring learning environment.
We are very excited to announce that we have developed a learning programme that incorporates the 17 UN Global Goals (Sustainable Development Goals) and the associated World’s Largest Lesson. Our Fab Lab workshops show how people of all ages can understand environmental issues, and develop solutions to help achieve these goals.
Cloncannon Biofarm offers students from the opportunity to recognise ‘Science and Maths all around me’ on the Organic farm. The landform (Geography) features of mountain, rivers and hedgerows have links to the Science and Maths curriculum in Shape, Time, Formation, Change, Living Things and Interconnectivity. History (landscape and human) is evident in the ring fort, old creamery, old stone cottage and vintage machinery. The mathematics of change over time and the science of technological development is available to the student as they explore.
The Science and Maths of relationships and interdependence of living things in the various habitats can be gauged by the students as they use the senses to investigate connections. The organic garden also provides an excellent setting for further use of Maths and Science in growing healthy local food. An adventure in the natural surroundings of Cloncannon Biofarm stimulates many facets of understanding for the curious students. It will offer a new perspective on Maths and Science.
Mitchelstown Cave one of Europe’s major show caves. Guided tours have been conducted through this natural wonder since the discovery in 1833. On the tour your group will visit massive caverns in which you are surrounded by indescribable Dripstone formations, Stalagmites, Stalactites and huge calcite columns. On arrival at the cave entrance your group will be greeted by your tour guide who will accompany you through 1 kilometer of cave where you will learn about earth science, how caves form and the cave ecosystem. After the tour you group will take part in a number of activities with your tour guide. Students will get hands on experience with fossils and learn about the chemistry of cave formation.