Tech showcase a chance for students to see STEM in action

Springfield Primary School  students Sulekha Talagala, 12, Craig Wardlaw, 11, and Tane Dodunski, 11, in the classroom. Picture: Justin Benson-Cooper/The West Australian
Springfield Primary School students Sulekha Talagala, 12, Craig Wardlaw, 11, and Tane Dodunski, 11, in the classroom. Picture: Justin Benson-Cooper/The West Australian

STUDENTS from Springfield Primary School are set to see how some of the world’s biggest companies are using technology to transform workforces of tomorrow.

The year six class is just one of many WA school groups lining up to experience the two-day Resources Technology Showcase next month.

Springfield teacher Dee Webb said it was crucial that primary students were given opportunities to experience the up-to-date trends being made in technology and industry.

“For students to become productive leaders and active citizens in the future it is important they see these developments first-hand,” Mrs Webb said.

The Kallaroo school believes the showcase will further stimulate the interests they have already developed from completing a school STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) project which involved creating a contraption using six simple machines and recycled materials.

Tane Dodunski,, Craig Wardlaw, and Sulekha Talagala. Picture: Justin Benson-Cooper/The West Australian

Mrs Webb said she hoped the showcase would allow the students to be inspired by “technology and STEM in action”.

“Many of my students are extremely interested in all forms of digital technologies and robotics,” she said.

“Digital and design technologies are an essential part of the curriculum where students are learning, among other things, coding.

“Many students have a variety of knowledge and interests in the technology field and it is important to cater for individual differences and develop these interests even further.”

But the chance to interact with the showcase doesn’t end there. All WA schools are being offered to opportunity to take part through BHP’s Future Ready STEM Challenge, which is set to kick off on November 4 and offers winners the chance to scoop part of the massive $100,000 prize pot.

Schools can select from a number of different challenges which are linked to the mining and energy industries and the competition is designed to ensure it is accessible to students of different levels of ability and schools with different levels of resourcing as well as work in concert with curriculums.

Teachers can visit thewest.com.au/bhpfutureready to download a teacher’s resource pack from November 4 and groups have until December 2 to enter the competition.

The Resources Technology Showcase will be held on November 27-28 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. Visit https://rtsperth.com/ for more details.