Cecil Andrews College students design giant game of Battleship


Science teacher Sam Vinto-Boot with the Year 9 students. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d477430
Science teacher Sam Vinto-Boot with the Year 9 students. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d477430

CALLS of ‘hit!’ and ‘missed!’ rang out across the Cecil Andrews College campus recently as Year 9 students enjoyed a giant, hand-made game of Battleship.

The project combined six-weeks of engineering, design, creative arts and strategy as students created a large-scale cardboard version of the game as part of the school’s P-TECH program.

Cecil Andrews College humanities and social sciences teach Sam Vinton-Boot said the Battleship project was the perfect way to develop a range of Stem skills.

“In building the ships and game components, students were required to apply maths, engineering, and physics concepts but more importantly develop their problem solving and team work skills that are so important for their future careers,” he said.

The Southern Perth P-TECH program gives students access to pathways and opportunities within the defence and technology industries by partnering with companies such as Austal, Civmec, Datacom and Deloitte.

Mr Vinton-Boot said a recent information session with Austal naval architect Sarah Cathcart had been an eye-opening experience for the students, who used Ms Cathcart’s expertise to guide them in the battleship’s design and creation.

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