Students from Young Public School, Young North Public School and Young High School have been learning about electronics and design in workshops facilitated by Julian Lee from BrainChild Academy.
Over two days’ Julian taught the students through hands-on exploration and teamwork using electronics which snap together and are colour coded.
“They had fun in a real-world challenge where they had to build a bridge that they can make go up and down and a flashing light comes on automatically at night time. Other challenges included towers and “racing” cars,” said Julian.
“These sorts of challenges develop the key elements to be innovative: creativity, willingness to make mistakes, self-confidence, motivation and leadership.”
The workshops are part of a grant the local schools received from Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal.
“Grants such as this are important because it does cost more to travel and accommodate an educator out of the capital cities. They help to level the playing field. It is important to recognise the effort that Jane Worner and the joint P&C committees put in to bring the program to the students of Young,” said Julian.
Jane Worner got to see the students in action and was impressed by the enthusiasm the students displayed.
“It was really exciting to see the children so enthusiastic about learning,” said Jane.
“Opportunities like this are important, as teachers and students don’t have to travel. The combined effort of the three schools working collaboratively on the grant was a positive experience with a fantastic result.”
“I would like to thank McDonalds in Young, who donated over 1000 straws for the students to use during the workshops.”