Stu­dents pro­gram rise of the ro­bots

Pilbara News - - Education - Ali­cia Perera

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.

Pic­ture: Scitech

Wick­ham Pri­mary School stu­dents Wil­liam Kin­nin­mont, 9, and Kate­lyn Cox, 10 with co-or­di­na­tor Belinda Ger­ard last year.

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