FUNDING SUPPORT FROM THE P AND F COMMITTEE
With the injection of funding support from the P and F committee this term to support Science and Technology in the classroom, Ithought I would take you through some of the items that have been purchased, our intention for how they can be used and how you can play a role in this new initiative. All our resources and subsequently the activities created are designed to stimulate critical and practical responses to real-life problem solving. We have tailored our approach to three key areas; design and construction through robotics, coding or directionality and drone technology.
Design and Construction Robotics
In the first round of resources the school has invested in 7 sets of Lego Design and Robotic Packs. Each tailoring their usage for different year levels across the school. The sets are designed to be used by several students at any one time and link directly to the curriculum. Several of the Lego resources purchased are based upon next generation Science standards and creates the perfect environment for learning. Through the curriculum, students are tasked with defining and designing their own solutions - building confidence every step of the way. Using the design, building and robotic instructions we can ignite children’s desire to learn by stimulating curiosity, creativity and critical thinking.
Within the area of learning technology, coding or directionality is an absolute buzz of design and development at the moment. The term coding refers to student’s ability to program the movement of a robot or object to complete a set task. As part of the learning process, students learn to use technology to enter steps or directions that the object will take and use trial and error practices to determine the correct solution. In today’s society, where there is fear of making mistakes or getting something wrong, this technology is invaluable in encouraging students to give it a go, learn from errors and make adjustments to suit. The Bee-Bot Technology is ideal for the younger years and will be an absolute hit with students.
Drones are more formally known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). Essentially, a drone is a flying robot. The aircraft may be remotely controlled or can fly autonomously through software-controlled flight plans in their embedded systems working in conjunction with GPS. The purchase of a drone will work in coordination with the school Go-Pro to enable students to not only learn how to use such technology but coordinate footage collection to support curriculum projects, school events and film club where students design, direct, film and edit pieces just like the one seen at the end of last term.