Young minds tap into tech tal­ent

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

Ro­bots ruled at the St Paul’s Pri­mary School first Na­tional Science Week science fair held last week.

Chil­dren from pre-pri­mary to Year 6 spent five to six weeks build­ing cre­ative projects to fit the 2016 Na­tional Science Week theme of “Drones, Droids and Ro­bots” and on Tues­day put them on dis­play in the school hall for peers, teach­ers and judges to ap­pre­ci­ate.

St Paul’s science teacher and fair or­gan­iser Ja­cob Win­dle said he was pleased so many stu­dents had cho­sen to get in­volved even though the theme was chal­leng­ing for younger stu­dents with lit­tle prior ex­pe­ri­ence with robotics.

“It was open-ended, and by mak­ing it open-ended all the kids from pre-pri­mary to Year 6 were able to en­ter the com­pe­ti­tion,” he said.

“It got them ask­ing ques­tions and prob­lem-solv­ing.”

Some of the in­no­va­tive de­signs on dis­play in­cluded an Uno-play­ing robot com­pan­ion that spoke back to you, a foot­ball-kick­ing robot to help peo­ple prac­tice tak­ing marks, a se­cu­rity robot in the shape of a po­lice of­fi­cer which in­cluded an in­ter­nal CCTV cam­era and even a com­pletely coded com­puter pro­gram.

Mr Win­dle said the school was try­ing to do more ap­plied science, tech­nol­ogy, engi­neer­ing and maths work, in­clud­ing ap­ply­ing for a set of ro­bots for the chil­dren to work with next year and learn­ing about cod­ing, to get younger stu­dents em­brac­ing robotics.

Na­tional Science Week was pop­u­lar in Pil­bara schools this year with a num­ber hold­ing spe­cial science fairs and ac­tiv­i­ties for the oc­ca­sion.

It got them ask­ing ques­tions and prob­lem-solv­ing. Ja­cob Win­dle

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