Sacred Heart College teacher Neil Gray to attend Lego Learning Symposium in Boston


Sacred Heart College teacher Neil Gray with his Year 12 engineering students.
Sacred Heart College teacher Neil Gray with his Year 12 engineering students.

SACRED Heart College engineering teacher Neil Gray will be the only Australian and New Zealand representative at the international Lego Learning Symposium in Boston next month.

Held at Tufts University, Mr Gray will give a TED talk discussing the Sorrento school’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) programs.

He will feature a Year 8 project where his students have designed and programmed robot prospectors that travel down pipes, acting as pretend mine shafts, and report on the coloured minerals they find.

“This is a great project that ticks many of the STEM boxes by integrating science and mathematics with the design, engineering and programming of a unique robotic solution,” Mr Gray said.

“This is not a simple exercise by any means and I am always amazed by the fantastic ideas the students come up with.”

He said he was looking forward to meeting and learning from some of the leading STEM educators from around the world.

“I am also planning to visit some outstanding schools in the US and bring their ideas back to enhance what we do here,” he said.

Mr Gray will also attend the STEM Education Conference that follows the symposium.