A new digital technologies facility at St Andrew’s school is accelerated learning and getting students future ready.
Rapid advances in digital technologies now mean that many children entering primary school today will end up working in a job that doesn’t even yet exist. To keep up with these constantly evolving industries St Andrew’s School in Walkerville have designed a new two-story future focused facility called Tarrkarri. With flexible learning spaces, including a dedicated STEM centre known as The Collaboratory, the space hopes to better equip children with the tools needed for a successful tomorrow, while nurturing and encouraging their interest in these key areas of learning.
Completed earlier this year, the state of the art Collaboratory caters to children from ELC through to Year 6. Here, students will have the opportunity to manage projects based on real world problems using intelligent materials such as spheros, robotics, drones and 3D printers.
“Through our STEM program we equip children with explicit skills, such as sawing, sanding, drilling, measuring, tool safety, 3D printing, coding, electronics, data logging and spreadsheets. [Students] then utilise and demonstrate these skills by creating solutions to posed or conceived problems,” says Chris Boden, Coordinator of Creative Design and Scientific Thinking.
It’s an innovative and creative environment that not only helps to engage students but also aims to develop key skills, such as critical thinking, problem solving and effective communication, that can be used throughout life, in all industries.
“Equipped with these important life skills, children are prepared not only to thrive in their future careers, but for the complexities of the world in which they will live,” says Chris.
St Andrew’s School
22 Smith Street, Walkerville
08 8168 5555