MUNDARING Christian College students celebrated all things technology at the primary school’s inaugural Invention Convention last week.
Students and parents hosted and visited more than 16 stalls including a drone demonstration, a flight simulator, a 3D printer, building electronics circuits and programmable Lego.
Year 5 and 6 students made their own inventions including an automatic waffle maker and portable privacy protector.
Antoinette Wilson, primary school head and convention facilitator, said they were passionate about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at the college, and included it in every learning area.
Mrs Wilson said this could be seen at one of the convention stands where students were given instructions in Indonesian to be translated for codes to program BeeBots.
These directed the Bots to a specific geographic location on a huge floor map of Indonesia.
“We are building foundation technology skills such as inventing, designing, coding, problem solving and critical thinking in our students, starting from our youngest learners onwards,” she said.
Swan Christian Education Association Institute of Teaching and Learning principal Mathilda Joubert said children were digital natives and natural consumer and users of technology.
“We want to inspire them to be producers of technology,” Mrs Joubert said.
“Rather than only playing games, we show them how to create games.
“Rather than watching movies we are teaching them how to make movies.”
IMP Innovative Solutions mechatronic engineer Ryan Wilson launched the convention with a talk on his view on future trends in robotics.