Moneymore Primary School pupils score STEMies award double

Moneymore PS 'STEMies', Anna, Jamie, Sarah and Matthew - winners of Most Educational video at Culture Tech's Big Video Challenge - with their teacher Mr Donaghy and principal Mrs Cunningham

Moneymore PS 'STEMies', Anna, Jamie, Sarah and Matthew - winners of Most Educational video at Culture Tech's Big Video Challenge - with their teacher Mr Donaghy and principal Mrs Cunningham

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Pupils from Moneymore Primary School picked up two trophies in the key stage two category at the Big Video Challenge award ceremony, the STEMies, last week.

Teams from primary six and seven were shortlisted for three awards, and two groups took home an award for Best Live and Most Educational video categories.

The Big Video Challenge, organised by Culture Tech, asked pupils to work in teams to produce a video teaching a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) concept, in a novel way.

Moneymore PS’s pupils, supported by Paul Crawford of Stem Aware along with school staff, rose to the challenge with enthusiasm and excitement said a school spokesperson.

“Afternoon classes were transformed into film production workshops as keen young videographers, directors, actors and actresses got to work,” they added.

“A wide variety of videos dealing with concepts as diverse as ‘Calculating Volume’ to ‘Substance Abuse’ were produced.”

Increased ICT proficiency and other educational dividends were just some of the benefits to pupils getting involved in these awards according to the school.

“I found out lots about the human body,” said winner Anna Short.

“After we won the award we felt really proud of ourselves as there were a lot of Primary Schools there,” added another winner, Matthew McMenemy.

The STEMies awards were held at Brunswick Moviebowl on September 18.