Stu­dents ap­ply tech­nol­ogy to virus en­vi­ron­ment

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS -

STU­DENTS from Green­lands State School took tech­nol­ogy to the next level dur­ing the coro­n­avirus pan­demic, de­sign­ing a ro­botic hand sani­tiser dis­penser.

Prin­ci­pal Kyle Low said most chil­dren were learn­ing from home but stu­dents of es­sen­tial work­ers were tasked with a real-world chal­lenge.

“They were asked to de­sign and build a hands-free de­vice to dis­pense hand sani­tiser to stu­dents, staff and vis­i­tors, us­ing Lego EV3 Ro­bots,” Mr

Low said. “The stu­dents needed to use a de­sign think­ing process of em­pathise, de­fine, ideate, pro­to­type and test.

“Us­ing the Lego EV3 Ro­bots al­lowed stu­dents to have a go at de­sign­ing and not be afraid of fail­ing as all kids are used to build­ing and pulling apart Lego,”

Stu­dent Thane Hill said it was a dif­fi­cult task to con­quer, but the dif­fer­ent skills of stu­dents proved a handy as­pect.

“Darcy’s skills at build­ing def­i­nitely came in handy and

Eli was great at pro­gram­ming. It was a real team ef­fort,” Thane said.

The Lego EV3 ro­bots are part of the school’s tech­nol­ogy pro­gram. The equip­ment is de­signed to fos­ter 21st-cen­tury learn­ing skills.

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