“She Flies has developed, delivered and refined their programs to deliver current best practice in this area. Having them come into the school not only benefits the students but also develops the skills of staff in these specialised technologies and helps us to implement our own programs” added Ms Kauppila.
Ms Kauppila said the focus in Digital Technologies is less about how to operate these technologies and more about how to utilise technology to create solutions to complex problems.
“The opportunity to use a variety of technologies, apply problem solving processes and experiential learning allows students to develop 21st Century skills. The skills they learn will be far broader reaching than just in the IT classroom.”
Students today are surrounded by new technology and it is essential that schools support and develop the skills of students to prepare them for the digital future. Technologies such as drones and robotics not only mirror what is happening in workplaces but also capture students’ imagination and engages them in the curriculum in a medium that they are interested in.
Townsville She Flies Instructor Dr Kerry Beggs said “The future of our economy relies greatly on people with STEM skills.”
“Our programs bring drones and real-life STEM applications into the classroom” added Dr Beggs.
Drones are just the start of the new initiatives in Digital Technology programs at The Cathedral School as the program expands in 2018. Students are already learning python coding, interface design and data manipulation, robotics and prototyping and we look forward to extending this program and working with other outside organisations to further engage our students.