Exciting Recent Events


I have been excited and encouraged by a few things which have happened recently. I was asked to write an article about Makerspaces for ‘The Australia Times’ emagazine which can be read here, it is free to register, the article was published this month! The magazine also has an article about social networking for educators by Dr Sarah Prestridge who is a friend and colleague I work with at Griffith University.

 

The next exciting moment was when I was invited to join the working group to develop the innovative learning spaces in the school’s new ‘Innovation & Design Hub’ which will cater for our diverse educational programs. As a group we walked around the recently stripped buildings, I was astonished at the area it will cover!

Can’t wait … and thrilled that our Junior Library Makerspace concept will flow over into the new space.

 

 

 

 

Megan and I have found that lunchtimes can get very busy with Earth Angels, Coding & Robotics and Makerspace activities. To enable the girls to really benefit from exploring and playing with the many tools and pieces of equipment to build and create ideas into prototypes we needed more time so….

STEMies Club will be starting next week! After enjoying the amazing story of Caines Arcade the girls will be designing and building games using cardboard which epitomises the ideology of the Maker Movement!

Throughout the year the girls will have opportunities to learn many new skills.

I was fortunate this afternoon to attend a workshop about designing and building armour…yes armour…using EVA foam. I saw all kinds of possibilities for using the ideas with our girls. The session was at HSBNE ( Hacker Space Brisbane), I have mentioned this amazing space before  here. I also found out about Cosplay and this fun pop culture! Probably showing my age !!!! Today Luke, AKA Zerebin, demonstrated how to build armour using foam and giving us many great tips to successfully creating wearable outfits.

And so my learning continues…..

 

 

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Jackie Child
Jackie Child has been teaching primary aged students for 40 years in a number of countries. She is passionate about how children learn through constructivist pedagogy. She is a Teacher Librarian at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School and a sessional tutor at Griffith University for pre-service teachers. Jackie doesn’t believe in standing still, there is always plenty to ‘do’ and learn!

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