Technology plays an important role throughout our curriculum, and no more so than in Computing. Not only do we aim for students to become adept, sensible and safe users of technology, but there is also a strong emphasis on computer science, teaching children to create through programming and basic electronics. As well as 'on-screen' coding, we believe it is important for our students to engage with and control actual physical objects, using simple circuit boards and components, such as motors and LEDs, as well as different switches and sensors.
To support this area of the curriculum, our Primary students have the opportunity to learn about robotics using Lego Mindstorms EV3 kits. Once they have built and mastered the basic motion controls of their device and explored the various inputs, such as the ultrasonic proximity sensor, students are given complex tasks for their robot to complete autonomously.
This is built upon in Secondary with Computing available on the curriculum throughout the school and the opportunity to become part of our team in the First Tech Challenge. This National and International competition involves more complex programming and robotic engineering.
Hopefully some of our students will be working for organisations such as Google or even NASA before long!