Deniliquin Pastoral Times

The way of the future

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Students at Mathoura Public School could be the informatio­n technology and engineerin­g whizzes of the future.

Through the school’s robotics program, pupils are becoming more adept at hands on building, and programmin­g robots and machines.

Principal Janice Eddy said the activity is popular with the students, and also a key part of the school’s focus on providing authentic learning.

‘‘Robotics sessions provide a fun and engaging environmen­t for the students,’’ Mrs Eddy said.

‘‘Students thrive in this environmen­t where creativity and curiosity mesh with the technologi­cal world.

‘‘In our student survey, robotics continues to be identified as the most enjoyed and requested subject throughout our school.’’

Each year group at the school takes part in robotics over one term, which allows them to explore their creativity and hone their skills.

It is part of an increased focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineerin­g, Mathematic­s) in schools.

‘‘Working with specialise­d robotics kits, students assemble their own robots/ machines and program them to perform specific tasks,’’ Mrs Eddy said.

‘‘Students can follow set instructio­ns or work in a more intuitive manner assembling the robot based on the available parts. They use advanced robotics techniques to create programs for their robot, using an iPad to undertake set tasks.

‘‘Some tasks so far have included manoeuvrin­g through a designated path or maze, designing a robot which can move the fastest away from a given point, and selecting a project of interest to experiment with different sensors.

‘‘Robotics links to much of the student curriculum, benefiting their creative and critical thinking skills, problem-solving skills and computing skills.

‘‘Students are able to see different scientific theories at work with the robotics kit, as well as simple and complex maths.’’

Mrs Eddy said STEM has grown in importance as we move towards an even more technologi­cally savvy world.

‘‘STEM education prepares students for the changing world of work and careers.

‘‘Programmin­g and other IT-based skills have become an integral part of our modern workforce.

‘‘And positive experience­s and exposure during their primary school education are critical for later STEM engagement, as students may start to form aspiration­s towards a STEM career.

‘‘Our teachers continue to learn too. STEM and technology are ever-evolving.

‘‘It’s important that our

knowledge continues to grow so that we can give the most up-to-date learning for our students.’’

 ??  ?? ■ Isaac Wilson has been honing his engineerin­g skills by building robots.
■ Isaac Wilson has been honing his engineerin­g skills by building robots.
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Kate Krispyn and Bianka Bydder.
■ Kate Krispyn and Bianka Bydder.
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■ Sienna Toomey and Nellie Ward.

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