Tak­ing off with STEM sub­jects

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - SCHOOL OF THE WEEK -

DRONES are in­creas­ingly be­com­ing an in­te­gral part of so­ci­ety and will play a big­ger role in the years to come.

At St Au­gus­tine’s, drones have been in­tro­duced as part of science, tech­nol­ogy and math­e­mat­ics, link­ing real-world ap­pli­ca­tions of drones to the cre­ation of ex­cit­ing and im­mer­sive STEM learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences.

The stu­dents are learn­ing to fly and code the drones through the use of iPads and an app called Tynker.

Pro­grams such as Tynker help stu­dents not just sim­ply play with tech­nol­ogy, but cre­ate new and ex­cit­ing so­lu­tions to prob­lems they might see in the world.

This year St Au­gus­tine’s has been se­lected to be part of the Univer­sity of Syd­ney STEM En­rich­ment Academy.

The pro­gram aims to pro­vide teach­ers with knowl­edge, skills, re­sources and sup­port to make real change in their class­room teach­ing, par­tic­u­larly in science, math­e­mat­ics and in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy, and to pass on that in­spi­ra­tion to their stu­dents.

Our Year 3 stu­dents and teach­ers are lead­ing the charge with their ex­cit­ing STEM project, The Chicken Run, to com­mence in Term 2.

Photo: con­trib­uted

Year 6 stu­dents are learn­ing to pro­gram drones to com­plete a se­ries of mis­sions based on the real world ap­pli­ca­tion of search and res­cue. The process re­quires con­sid­er­able trial and er­ror as the stu­dents ad­just their code in or­der for each drone to...

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