Another remarkable year has passed. We have taken on the World Championships with outstanding results, the Australian Nationals, held our own competitions, launched robotics certification programs, conducted Digital literacy programs, done STEM programs in Mauritius, concluded 4 seasons of tech camps, visited many schools and more.
Congratulations to all our students who have done the academy proud by doing their best all year and most importantly, displaying their academy core values within and outside the academy.
Thank you also to the parents who have continued to believe in our programs, our school principals and teachers and for our supporters who have encouraged and helped us along the way. We just could not have done any of this without you.
Thank you so much and have a very Merry Christmas. – Team Innovate
National Science Week 2016 – A celebration of Droids, Drones and Robots!
What a fantastic week we all had visiting schools and presenting keynotes on Robots, Droids and Drones, plus engaging high school students in the area of coding. We brought along our robot friends to the schools.
It was fun getting students to dance with the humanoids, together with their synchronized dance moves, making everyone laugh – that is what STEM subjects should be. That is what we would like learning to be.
In the meantime, the robots are tired and taking a well deserved rest while the other robots get ready for the upcoming Innovate National Science Week Challenge Vex Robotics competition this Saturday, 20 August 2016 at Forest Hill College. We can’t wait!
The Mid Year Vex IQ Robotics Competition was held at Kambrya College on 16 May 2016 and what a huge success it was!
Teams from Kambrya College, Mount View Primary School and students from various other schools who are current students of Innovate Technology and Robotics Academy gathered together for the fantastic final run of the Bankshot game.
Students got very excited during the game when robots had to empty as many cutouts as possible, throw as many balls into the scoring zone and park up the ramp. The day started with every team participating in the Robot Skills Challenge and then the Teamwork Challenge.
Congratulations to our Robot Skills Champions from Innovate Tech Academy. Congratulations also to the Tournament Champions who are from Kambrya College and Innovate Technology and Robotics Academy. Our CAD Champion is Jared H! We are so happy for all the winners and more importantly every participating team – Well Done!
Nothing beats seeing teams come together and working together to achieve great things. That is the beauty of STEM education – while sharpening the engineering skills, the soft skills are sharpened for the future.
We wish all the students who participated our very best wishes for the future. Looking forward to more such events. Seriously. 🙂
3D blocks have been used at Innovate Tech Camps Australia's programs for the past three seasons and they have been a hit. These 3D blocks are able to connect vertically and horizontally to create all sorts of creative models from animals to people to flowers, minecraft creeper, trucks, cars and more.
These blocks are so versatile, they intrigue the students who find them challenging and yet fun. 3D blocks gets students to think through how they connect from one block to another and develop their motor skills at the same time.
Come and join in our Smart Cubes and learn how these impressive STEM blocks connect together to create some really cool things.
The technology classroom is all very exciting and there is so much talk about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and getting students interested in STEM subjects.
The STEM classroom is a place where students get to explore, create and learn new skills along the way. The STEM classroom does not just encourage and promote innovation and creativity but also communication, respect, teamwork, responsibility, working within given budgets and resources, all while achieving classroom goals.
It sounds easy but it is not. Working through differences in ideas, working with different characters etc, these are all challenging areas which are frequently faced in the STEM classroom.
Students have to face these challenges in their future working world so it is good to get used to it in the STEM classroom. The students who do well are often those whose interests are supported and encouraged by their parents.
Let us encourage our children to pursue their interests today and while doing so, give them the space to create, learn, make mistakes and fail, all while in the safe and encouraging STEM classroom.
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