Seven schools from around the region gathered at Binya Public School to learn digital technology together as part of the 'Stem.T4L' program aimed at teaching stem technologies to students at an early age.
The day brought together students and teachers from Naradhan, Rankins Springs, Binya, Weethalle, Yoogali, Talimba and Beckom to learn from each other and study subjects such as coding, robotics and programming.
The theme for the day was environment, connecting digital technologies to the wider world. Around 140 students turned up with their teachers, ready to connect with each other and learn valuable skills.
Helen Foy, a teacher at Binya Public School was thrilled to be bringing the schools together for such an exciting program.
"It's a great day for kids to explore digital tech, and also to learn with each other. It gives them an opportunity to learn some of those social skills as well, which will put them in a better spot when they get into high school."
Students rotated through four different activities experimenting with different technologies such as Scratch Jr, a picture-based coding program to teach elementary coding to students too young for literacy-based coding.
Students also got to experiment with Dash Bots, high-tech robots equipped with light, audio and proximity sensors.
Tanya Riach, a digital classroom officer with stem.T4L was excited to bring the technologies out and explained the underlying teaching principles.
"It's all based on enquiry ... it looks like they're playing with robots, but they're learning coding and other really important skills for the digital age."
Ms Riach said that a lot of the program was being delivered virtually, however face-to-face learning was important.
"Most of it's done online now, but we still come out and do face to face programs like this ... it's great to have the schools all together, the teachers are all collaborating and learning from each other as well."
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