Title: Tech Club – Coding, Digital Design and 3D Printing for a Purpose
Presenter: Chris Duker, Newington Public School
Duration: 60 mins
Overview: Are you looking for ways to extend gifted and talented students in your school, utilising new technologies in a meaningful way? Are you interested in developing the capacity of students to act as “techxperts” and mentor their peers when using technology in the classroom or library? This session showcases the development of an extra-curricular ‘Tech Club’, targeted for students with interest and ability in the area of ICT. It outlines the process used for setting up the group and the activities that were covered in the first year of implementation. I will discuss how students learnt how to code, use modelling software and use a 3D printer during weekly sessions. I will present the projects they worked on with real life applications to give significance to their learning. We will discuss the successes and the challenges encountered along the way and I will provide links to lessons, resources and work samples to facilitate your own program. This session is not only for those wishing to start an extra-curricular group, but also for teachers who want to embed creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration and innovation in their classroom through engaging learning opportunities. In this session, you will have an opportunity to see a 3D printer in action, experiment with digital design and coding. You leave with an understanding of how to utilise these technologies in your school setting.
Target Audience: K-6, Teachers & Executive
Requirements: Participants will need a laptop computer that has SketchUp Make installed which can be downloaded for free at http://www.sketchup.com/download