Tag: robotics

“We believe you don’t have to be a boy to be good at robotics!” – LEGO Robotics 2016

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Earlier this term, Mr Graffin, and several Year 5 girls attended the WA tournament of the FIRST LEGO League (FLL), held at Curtin University. Run by FIRST Australia, this tournament is part of a national and international student robotics competition which focuses on high level problem solving, critical thinking, coding, and finding solutions to real world problems, such as natural disasters, and trash.

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Today, we are delighted to announce that our upper primary robotics girls have been successful in their application for a FIRST LEGO League Robotics grant. Awarded by FIRST Australia in partnership with Google, the FLL grant includes a LEGO EV3 Mindstorms robot, a practice challenge kit, and free FLL registration -worth about $1200.

At this stage, we plan to take at least one team of Year 6 girls to the FLL 2016 competition. More details on this exciting opportunity will be released at the start of the 2016 school year. Stay tuned!

We would like to thank Tim Keely, from Curtin University Engineering Outreach, for inspiring our girls’ successful application to compete in the FIRST LEGO League.

 

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.

Tinker, Code, Invent, Learn – Introducing our new Makerspace

As part of our Open Night 2015 celebrations, we will be unveiling our plans & resources for the new Iona Primary Makerspace, which will be based in the library from Term 4.

As the name suggests, a makerspace is a place where our students can ‘make’ things – with code, cardboard, craft materials, robots, and much more! It will host design challenges and hands-on creative projects, helping to foster and develop our students’ interests in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and the arts.

On Thursday, September 10th, we will be hosting a pop-up maker event in the Blue Room (between the Year 5 and Year 6 classrooms) from 4-6PM.

Parents, students, and community members are invited to come in to tinker, code, invent, and learn. Explore coding with Beebots and iPads, tinker with LittleBits, build something with K’Nex, and play the MakeyMakey piano with fruit and vegetables! In addition, our Year 6 Digital Captains are looking forward to hosting a very special event, which is best described as “Robot Fashion Week”!

We would like to thank the Iona P&F for their generous support for this project. With their help, we were able to purchase our new greenscreen, Beebots, several MakeyMakey invention kits, and one of the first Dash robots in Western Australia.

If you’d like a sneak preview of what will be on show on Open Night, please explore the photos and videos below!

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MakeyMakey kits & our Bee-Bots!

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