Tech second nature to Tuart Hill students

Tuart Hill Primary School students Diane Jacob, 9, Coby Harrison, 10, Joshita Asapu, 9 and Caleb Allan, 9. Picture: Justin Benson-Cooper/The West Australian
Tuart Hill Primary School students Diane Jacob, 9, Coby Harrison, 10, Joshita Asapu, 9 and Caleb Allan, 9. Picture: Justin Benson-Cooper/The West Australian

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

The years 5 and 6 students are just some of the many WA school groups lining up to experience the two-day Resources Technology Showcase next month.

Teacher Judy Gabrovec said it was important primary students were given opportunities to see technology at work so they could grasp how quickly it was changing.

Mrs Gabrovec said Tuart Hill exposed students to digital technology concepts in pre-primary, so by year 2 they were competently creating their own PowerPoints.

“These days tech has to be second nature,” she said. “So we no longer present it as a separate subject – it’s just spread across all learning areas.

“I have a class at the moment where students are using StickyBots to create a stop motion movie as part of their creative writing.”

Coby Harrison, Diane Jacob, Joshita Asapu, and Caleb Allan at Tuart Hill Primary School. Picture: Justin Benson-Cooper/The West Australian

Mrs Gabrovec, who started at the school as a tech teacher 13 years ago, said the showcase would give the students some foresight into how the tech they were learning in the classrooms was relevant in the workplace.

“Exposing them to possibilities and seeing technologies such as robotics and augmented reality can only spark their curiosity and engagement,” she said.

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.