Last week, we launched our new Makerspace program as part of the 2015 Open Night celebrations. Well over a hundred students, parents, and community members visited our pop-up space, learning how to program Beebot robots, explore iPad coding apps, tinker with LittleBits™ circuits, and play with the MakeyMakey™ carrot pianos. The highlight of the night was undoubtably the Robot Fashion Show, featuring one of the first Dash™ robots in Western Australian schools, hosted by Desert and Jacqui, Iona’s first Year 6 Digital Captains.
The establishment of our makerspace is in response to the introduction of the new WA Technologies Curriculum (over the next two years), and national and international movements to empower students’ interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM). Many of our new maker tools, including our robots and greenscreen, were purchased with the generous support of the Iona Parents and Friends Association.
We look forward to formally opening our new makerspace in the library at the start of Term 4. It promises to become a hub of creativity, imagination, and wonder as our students explore their emerging interests in robotics, design, and engineering projects.