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. The school's student leaders guided primary school students through the various stations, enabling them to "make, code and design" as they moved around.
The aim of the Maker 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.
A team of 35 students from Years 7-9 were trained to use the various pieces of equipment including 3D Printing, MaKey MaKey, Hummingbird Kits, Arduino, Turtle Art, LittleBits Electronics, Drones, Holograms and Spheros.
The school incorporated the Makers Fair into their transition program by inviting all of the senior students from their 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.
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