Lismore Primary School introduced Lego robotics to extend students who are highly motivated and love technology and science. Using a blended learning approach, the program was introduced firstly by Andrew Parry bringing students to Lismore PS and working with the 3-6 high capable Lismore students. Following this workshop staff from the Earthed Science Centre came out and worked with the students.
The students followed up by utilising video conferencing directly to the Earthed staff in Ballarat to seek answers to specific questions and help solve problems as they developed their solutions. The Lismore students ran a robotic soccer game while EarthEd staff watched and umpired over the Polycom technology. The need for travel was reduced without reducing the effect of the learning activity. The superior quality of both video and audio via the High Definition Polycom videoconferencing equipment greatly enhanced the experience by all involved.
Lismore students went on compete in Robo Cup 2014 where they were winners, and then in Geelong achieving runner's up in the Grand Final! This project demonstrates the capacity of the technology to address the needs of gifted students in isolated, rural settings.
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