Beaconsfield PS students take Stem focus ahead of NBN Futurists Fair

Alex Aird,  Mackenzie Stevenson and Tarren McDougall.
Alex Aird, Mackenzie Stevenson and Tarren McDougall.

BEACONSFIELD Primary School students are learning the ways of the future and are the only West Australian school competing in the NBN Futurists Fair.

STEM+X is an initiative which encourages students to learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem).

The Futurist Fair allows children to develop a Stem idea that will help brighten their community or Australia’s future.

Year 6 teacher Janette Tuttle said the school has had a big focus on Stem activities.

“Last year we had a specialist Stem teacher which was great for all the kids and the teachers,” she said.

“This year we are implementing all the learning, students are so engaged in these type of activities.

“It’s been a learning process for us teachers to implement it in their daily school routine.

“After this workshop we can pass on the knowledge to other students in the school and parents.”

Representatives from the NBN spent Tuesday with the Year 6 class and taught them about Stem including the ‘makey makey kits’.

Year 6 student Tarren McDougall said the Pac-Man game using the kits was really fun.

“I hope one day to be a marine biologist,” she said.

“I think it would be great to have a machine that can wake you up easier.”

Year 6 student Alex Aird hopes to be a paediatrician and said he enjoyed the workshop particularly, the Pac-Man game.

“It was a lot fun and more controllable then the original game,” he said.

“I think you could use technology to have a UV light shine on a flyscreen door to stop bugs from coming in.”

The Futurists Fair will be held on May 22 and the schools will present their ideas to a guest panel.

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