Our values at Echuca College are based around PRIDE, one of our values is ‘Progressive’ – we continually evaluate and evolve to meet the future needs of the students and the community.
The Echuca College 2016 Makers Fair “Drones, Droids and Robots” showcased a number of exhibits that incorporate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and 21st Century Learning. Our student leaders guided primary school students through the various stations, enabling them to “make, code and design” as they moved around.
We trained a team of 35 students from Years 7-9 to use the various pieces of equipment including 3D Printing, MaKey MaKey, Hummingbird Kits, Arduino, Turtle Art, LittleBits Electronics, Drones, Holograms and Spheros.
We incorporated the Makers Fair into our transition program and invited all our senior students from our feeder primary schools – over 520 primary school students from across nine schools. Visiting students had the opportunity to use coding to drive and manipulate drones and robots. They worked with circuits, Spheros, electronics, robotics, holograms and much more. Students were encouraged to discover, explore and problem solve.
The aim of the Makers Fair was to build on students’ curiosity and connect STEM learning to solving real world problems. Students worked collaboratively and experienced individual learning that was hands-on and inquiry-based and supported the achievement of deep knowledge. A focus on creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration is essential to prepare students for the future.
‘Making’ brings to life the curriculum elements in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) approach to learning and teaching. The event had a very strong science theme and coincided with Science Week 15th –18th of August.
Please visit our YouTube Channel to see footage of the event: https://www.youtube.com/c/echucacollegeviceduau