Primary Innovation Hub7 March 2018
2018 saw the beginning of our Primary Innovation Hub, which has now been commonly referred to amoung students as the iHub.
The iHub is situated in the large Resource Centre down in Lower Primary and is used by all grades from P-6 for Design Technology classes. This space is also utilised by teachers to do other STEM related activities.
The iHub is buzzing during lunch break with students who love to come in and experience a range of activities such as robotics, lego and iPads; it has become a space where they can design, create and share their ideas.
The inspiration and purpose behind the iHub is primarily to nurture the students in the area of Design Thinking, having such a wonderful facility allows them to explore their own creativity and test out their ideas.
Some year 5 students spent their lunch breaks building and programming the Ev3 Mindstorm Robot, then learnt how to control it with the EV3 Programmer App. Seeing the robot come to life was a very thrilling experience for the students.
A large group of students attend the iHub to come and use Ozobots. Ozobots are tiny robots that follow colour codes to perform various dance moves. These little robots are not only fun to play with but they help teach the students critical thinking skills and have even been used in year 3 to teach Geographical landscapes- the kids have a blast!
We introduced ‘ Edison Robot' into the curriculum this year. Edison is a programable robot, a complete STEM teaching resource. The students are beginning to really enjoy programming the robot, this gives the students the option to use 'drag and drop' coding or fully text based coding. Additionally, students have thoroughly enjoyed the interactive and engineering projects that involves the use of lego bricks.
One of the biggest hits in the iHub are the ‘BlueBots we have for teaching coding to Prep - year 2 students. It is the perfect tool for teaching students sequencing, estimation and above all problem solving. These robots also connect via Blue Tooth to an iPad app. King’s kids love to code.
Each week students have a different learning activity focus during break times. This week the Prep students are learning how to finger knit while the year 1-4 students are starting to use the 'Playmat Woodwork’ sets, this involves sawing, drilling, sanding and wood turning.
Next week students will be pulling part some older pieces of technology, this will give them the opportunity to explore and visualise how old technology was built.
There is so much planned for the iHub over the coming months- we hope to see you there.
Monday &Tuesday years 4-6
Wednesday & Thursday years P-3