On Saturday afternoon Mr Sheils flew the flag for John Scottus and for Science when he presented to a room full of teachers at the RDS STEM National Learning Conference for Primary School Teachers.
You may recall back in 2013 Mr Sheils, with his then 6th Class entered the NASA Ames Space Competition. They had to design a space station that would be self sufficient and house a colony of 10,000 people. They won this international competition. They also presented this project that year at the RDS Young Scientist competition.
As the theme of this year’s STEM conference was Astronomy and Space Exploration as tools for the classroom of the 21st century, Mr Sheils was asked to present this project to the conference as an example of STEM in action and the endless possibilities that are available to all in the classroom.
After his presentation the key not speaker. physicist Rosa Doran commented to Mr Sheils – “I do not live in this country, but if I did, I would want my grandson to go to your school and be taught by you.”