Lessons help kids com­pute the world of tech­nol­ogy

Pilbara News - - News - Shan­non Beattie

Stu­dents at Mil­lars Well Pri­mary School have spent 2018 work­ing on their tech skills as part of Scitech’s In­ten­sive Ro­bot­ics Pro­gram.

The pro­gram, sup­ported by Mit­sui Iron Ore De­vel­op­ment, helps stu­dents and teach­ers to de­velop tech­no­log­i­cal skills and knowl­edge, and im­prove their aware­ness of the im­por­tance of tech­nol­ogy and ro­bot­ics in the world around them.

Stu­dents from kinder­garten to Year 6 have learnt to use cod­ing and re­mote op­er­a­tion via an iPad to pro­gram blue­tooth-en­abled ro­bots and how to de­sign and build their own ro­bots.

Scitech pro­fes­sional learn­ing con­sul­tant Si­mon Fit­tock said the aim of the pro­gram was to de­velop the stu­dents’ en­gage­ment, in­ter­est and aware­ness of tech­nol­ogy in so­ci­ety.

“Tech­nol­ogy is all around them, so they get a great sense of how things work which is re­ally im­por­tant, but it’s also de­vel­op­ing a set of skills they’ll be able to take in to the fu­ture work­force,” he said.

“The aim is to give stu­dents with the skills to be able to con­trib­ute back to the com­mu­nity up when they’re older.”

The pro­gram has been run­ning in the Pil­bara for the past five years at dif­fer­ent schools, how­ever Mr Fit­tock said MWPS had pro­gressed par­tic­u­larly well.

“Not only is it about the tech­nol­ogy, it’s about the skills they’re learn­ing through­out the process and their in­te­grat­ing that knowl­edge and un­der­stand­ing in to the wider ed­u­ca­tional sphere,” he said.

“The up­take from staff and stu­dents has been in­cred­i­ble, the progress which they’ve made is great and they’ve re­ally ben­e­fited from the fund­ing.”

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