Students at Swan View Primary School have spent ten weeks learning to program robots to solve special challenges during workshops provided by Scitech in partnership with Fluor.
Using drag-and-drop coding to control their robot’s movements and sensors, students learned to solve real world problems like navigating a maze or rescuing an object while developing their own logical thinking skills in a collaborative workshop environment.
“The robotics program has presented us with the most inspirational example of true engagement in learning,” said Swan View Principal Margaret Sheedy-Dove.
“Robotics challenged the students to apply high order thinking skills in order to complete the task and achieve the desired learning outcomes. A highly regarded point of learning was the give and take process the challenges demanded,” she said.
The workshops were designed to demonstrate the applications and possibilities of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) beyond the classroom to year 5 and 6 students.
“Swan View students’ maths and computer science skills have progressed in leaps and bounds with the realisation they are learning useful skills which could lead them down an exciting path later in life,” said Scitech Technology Crusader Tim Schmitz.
“Many of the students progressed much quicker than we had hoped and are showing incredible development in their logical and critical thinking skills, which will help them solve real world problems later on,” he said.
Volunteers from Fluor joined Scitech during the workshops, offering their engineering expertise to help students debug problems and consider the real-world applications of programming.
“The partnership between Swan View Primary, Scitech and Fluor Engineering has made a significant contribution to our learning community. Not only were the students thrilled to be given an opportunity to learn robotics, the staff members had an opportunity for professional learning and engagement in targeted curriculum discourse,” said Mrs Sheedy-Dove.