Young minds tap into tech talent
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