The Bays Cluster Schools came together for a two-day festival of technology last week. 120 Year 5 to 8 children from Sumner, Redcliffs, Mount Pleasant, Heathcote Valley and Our Lady Star of the Sea School, participated in one of 12 workshops facilitated by teachers and 2 specialist organisations, The Mindlab and Fablab, who have a passion for technology and a desire to share their knowledge to the greater community.
The children were exposed to a range of technological concepts, including coding, robotics, e-textiles, stop motion movie making and much more. The aim of the event is to not only encourage inquiring minds to explore the future of learning, but also to facilitate collaboration amongst a cluster of schools.
Two workshops were also held by Year 9 students from St Andrew’s College and St Margaret’s College, who volunteered their time as a way ‘Giving Back’. They created lessons using computer coding with Scratch and Makey Makey kits plus Bee Bots and taught 2 sessions per day to Year 3 and 4 children.
The event was launched with an introductory speech focusing on the importance of approaching this opportunity with a sense of curiosity, creativity and persistence. These just a few of the 24 Character Strengths which are essential to being creators of the future. The Bays Cluster Schools have been part of a Ministry of Education trial over the last year which has embraced the importance of Character Strengths to enhance the Wellbeing of our youth and thus ensure their education is holistic.