In 2018, students from Years 3 – 6 have been incredibly excited to be using the new Maker Space as part of our refurbished Discovery Centre. These students are challenged on a weekly basis to solve problems and create solutions by exploring technology and computational thinking concepts. Exploration of a device's form, how we provide input (causation), and the connection between the problem and the students' solution involves high levels of critical and creative thinking.
Students have already had the chance to experiment with many of the areas listed below, and are beginning to move through the Digital Technologies project process of analyzing, designing, developing and evaluating. Through projects involving experimentation, design, research and hands-on construction, students will explore creating electronic circuits and programming both computer programs and robots to meet a need or solve a problem. You can keep up to date with the Specialists blog.
The Maker Space incorporates many areas across the curriculum including:
Throughout the year, students will have opportunities to analyse the following devices and programs, and can choose to develop a project on that platformis program will be supported through the exploration of the following areas:
The opportunities for creation, collaboration and inquiry are what makes a Maker Space such a valuable opportunity for students to be involved with, and builds on the basics of computational thinking and problem solving – essentially “If this, then that,” and breaking problems down into the smallest possible steps to solve.