The National Science Week theme for 2016 is Drones, Droids and Robots. Mrs Cogger is pleased to announce that earlier this year she applied for a $500 National Science Week grant and was a worthy recipient. She has bought various resources and equipment to give our students the best opportunity to explore and investigate this amazing topic.
The Drones, Droids and Robots theme was chosen specifically to highlight STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths by focusing on autonomous systems technology. It also takes us on a fascinating journey between ‘science fiction’ and ‘science fact’.
Over the past few weeks each class has had several learning experiences however the highlight of the week was a presentation from Brightwater Research Group. Brightwater is dedicated to identifying key opportunities to research and pilot projects that will directly contribute to improving the lives of people who need support, in particular patients suffering from brain injury, concussion,dementia and neurological conditions.
Mrs Cogger would like to thank Alison McEniery for her guidance as she helped ignite and initiate several ideas about the robots used in the medical system and this led to a visit from a robot known as ZORA.
To learn more about Zora click on the links below to find out about her presentation to the Year 5 students. The students were fascinated!!
Mrs Cogger would like to thank Madeline Wallington (former student) for helping create an iMovie to share the best clips of Zora.
This is Zora showing us how she walks and then introducing herself to us.
Here she is again and this time she is playing a game with Taj called ‘Guess the sport’.
Zora explained about her role in the hospital and how she assists people.
The highlight of the presentation was when Zora danced to Gangman Style!
Zora the Robot
There have been many other wonderful learning experiences this term. The Year One students have been learning about what makes a robot a robot. Mrs Cogger made up her own game called ‘Jump for robots’ We have also been looking at what is inside a robot – all the gizmos and gadgets that go on inside!!
Year Two have had a fabulous time conducting their own fair test investigations with robotic arms.
Year Three have been investigating robotic toys. The students have been conducting their own fair tests to see how fast a RC vehicle can travel on different surfaces.
The Year Four students have been introduced to robotic insects called Hexbug Nanos. They are investigating how the Hexbug uses it’s sensors to navigate through a maze.
Finally our Year Six students enjoyed a visit from Mr Sayer our mentor through the SMiS initiative. Each team presented their findings about the pros and cons of various robots used in our society.
One more thing that Mrs Cogger would like to add is that last week she travelled to Wongan Hills about 2 hours from Perth in the Wheatbelt to present some workshops on behalf of the SMiS. Together with Mr Sayer they presented three workshops to students in years 6 from the following schools Today, Dalwallinu and Dowerin.
If you are wondering where Wongan Hills is, take a peek at this map.
Mr Cogger insisted on driving Mrs Cogger to Wongan Hills as he was worried about the wet weather last Wednesday and travelling after school in the dark. It was a lovely drive as all the creeks and stream were following and the crops green and flourishing. We also enjoyed a glimpse of some early wildflowers.
It was a great opportunity to take ‘Science’ to the country and show the students and teachers what can be achieved in a SMiS partnership.
Make sure you drop in to MPR on Open Night to see all we have been learning about Drones, Droids and Robots.