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A Robot Fashion Show, Circuits, & Carrot Pianos – Open Night Showcase

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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.

Classroom Blogging at Iona Presentation PS

A Journey Begins

In 2015, Iona Presentation PS is starting out on its whole-school classroom blogging journey, creating online spaces for our students to share their learning with their parents, community members, and the wider world.

Each classroom, from Kindergarten to Year 6, has its own blog. The Kindergarten and Pre-Primary blogs are private, password protected; and Years 1-6 blogs will be opened up to the world.

Over the coming weeks, Iona PS staff and students will be learning how to blog and comment in a safe and responsible manner, in accordance with the Iona PPS Blogging Guidelines. Classroom blog links on the sidebar will go live through Term 1, 2015, and parents will be notified when their child’s class blog is formally launched.