Tuart Hill: St Kieran PS students do the robot

St Kieran students: Braydon Nicolaou (Year 4), Phoebe Behiels (teacher), Isabella Lim (Year 1) and Sabina Catenacci (Year 4).
St Kieran students: Braydon Nicolaou (Year 4), Phoebe Behiels (teacher), Isabella Lim (Year 1) and Sabina Catenacci (Year 4).

A TUART Hill school has incorporated robotics into the classroom to enhance digital technologies lessons.

St Kieran Primary School Parents and Friends Association bought robotic ‘Spheros’ which can be programmed and coded by students with a $1000 Bankwest Easy Grant.

Year 4 teacher Phoebe Behiels said the devices were a welcome addition to support the teaching of the digital technologies curriculum.

“It has been exciting to see children employ problem solving skills in order to solve complex tasks using the Spheros and Blue Bots we purchased,” she said.

“In the junior school space, students are using coding language to program and develop sequences to move their Blue Bot to a destination.

“In middle and upper school, the Spheros support the teaching of digital systems and expose students to coding and building algorithms to solve problems.”

Year 4 student Sabina Catenacci said students loved the opportunity to work with the new devices.

“It’s cool that you can program the Spheros to say stuff and that they can change colour,” she said.

“Sometimes it’s tricky to make them do what you want them to do, but we work through and try to problem solve in groups.”

Bankwest head of community engagement Craig Spencer said the Easy Grants were specifically designed to help communities and community groups at a grassroots level.

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