Two Rocks STEAM students get robotic


Two Rocks Primary School students learn with robots. Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au   d456165
Two Rocks Primary School students learn with robots. Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au d456165

ROBOTS have started rolling around Two Rocks Primary School as part of the curriculum focus on science, technologies, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM).

Year 5 teacher Heather Mott and a group of STEAM students had been working with Sphero robots and the Lightning Lab application.

“Students have been creating programs using block coding to make the Spheros navigate through mazes, solve problems, make shapes and letters,” Miss Mott said.

“By creating a series of tutorial videos, showing how to connect, drive and build programs, this group of enthusiastic students hope to teach their peers to confidently use the Spheros and design their own programs next term.

“They are also looking forward to creating more tutorial videos to demonstrate how the Spheros jump, make a figure eight, change colours and shake.

“The students are thoroughly enjoying learning how to code and use these Spheros and are eager to continue developing programs and videos.

“Parents and the school board were shown how robotics was coming into the WA curriculum and couldn’t believe how students were using the Spheros and the codes they created.”

Miss Mott said the school had started its own CoderDojo club on Thursdays after school, where student ‘ninjas’ worked with mentors to create programs and complete challenges using the robots.