Fu­ture in their hands

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

BEA­CONS­FIELD Pri­mary School stu­dents are learn­ing the ways of the fu­ture and are the only West Aus­tralian school com­pet­ing in the NBN Fu­tur­ists Fair.

STEM+X is an ini­tia­tive which en­cour­ages stu­dents to learn about sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and math­e­mat­ics (Stem).

The Fu­tur­ist Fair asks chil­dren to de­velop a Stem idea that will help brighten their com­mu­nity or Aus­tralia’s fu­ture.

Year 6 teacher Janette Tut­tle said the school had a big fo­cus on Stem ac­tiv­i­ties.

“Last year we had a spe­cial­ist Stem teacher, which was great for all the kids and the teach­ers,” she said.

“This year we are im­ple­ment­ing all the learn­ing; stu­dents are so en­gaged in these type of ac­tiv­i­ties.

“It’s been a learn­ing process for us teach­ers to im­ple­ment it in their daily school rou­tine.

“Af­ter this work­shop we can pass on the knowl­edge to other stu­dents in the school and par­ents.”

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the NBN spent Tues­day with the Year 6 class and taught them about Stem, in­clud­ing the ‘makey makey kits’.

Year 6 stu­dent Tar­ren McDougall said the Pac-Man game us­ing the kits was re­ally fun.

“I hope one day to be a marine bi­ol­o­gist,” she said.

“I think it would be great to have a ma­chine that can wake you up eas­ier.”

Year 6 stu­dent Alex Aird hopes to be a pae­di­a­tri­cian and said he en­joyed the work­shop, par­tic­u­larly the Pac-Man game.

The Fu­tur­ists Fair will be held on May 22, when schools will present their ideas to a guest panel.

Stu­dents Alex Aird, Macken­zie Steven­son and Tar­ren McDougall.

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