Students program rise of the robots
The Scitech Intensive Robotics Program is returning to Pilbara primary schools for a third year and this time will extend its brand of fun high-tech learning.
The year-long robotics program is designed to develop science, technology, engineering and maths skills in primary schoolaged children through activities such as programming, coding and using sensors to set robots’ behaviour.
This year it has been extended to Karratha Primary as well as continuing at Pannawonica and Wickham primary schools.
Karratha Primary School principal Will Davis said students and staff were excited to be working on robotics with Scitech for the first time.
“This program will transform the opportunities to engage in STEM-related activities at our school,” he said.
“With an increased focus on these areas of the curriculum and on coding, the robotics resources will enable our staff to build their skills and ultimately enable students to experience interactive learning using cutting-edge technology.”
Scitech robotics program coordinator Belinda Gerard said the program had made a big educational impact in schools in past years.
“Robotics is an exciting pathway into coding languages, engineering, critical thinking — all those STEM literacy skills which will be invaluable to these students in our changing society,” she said.
“We’ve seen the benefits of this program flow on to reading and writing as well as numeracy, ICT literacy, and communication.
“It’s so exhilarating to see how well the students engage with ro- botics, and how quickly they learn.”
The program is supported by Mitsui Iron Ore Development.
Wickham Primary School students William Kinninmont, 9, and Katelyn Cox, 10 with co-ordinator Belinda Gerard last year.