School Science and Tech Expo

brochure2Our Library always has a stand in the school’s Science and Tech Expo. This year we featured our ‘Makerspace’ as well as Coding and Robotics Club. The theme for this year’s Book Week is ‘Books Light up our World’……this has fitted in really well with all the circuitry and fun our girls have been having in lighting up cards, bracelets, Little Bits and Electric Blocks.


light robotJess, Year 9 student, comes to our Coding and Robotics Club each Thursday to help our younger students. She helped the girls to light up their robots ready for the Expo. The robots travelled forwards with lights flashing, moved in circles until a torch light was place in front and then went forwards. The students took the robots into our portable dark room and excited the younger students. In the dark room we hung paper bags with some of the shortlisted book covers cut out and then lit up….looked great!

code scratchA few girls displayed their Scratch animations of ‘Books Light up our World’ and we also placed iPads with plenty of coding apps for students to explore.



We shared two very exciting experiences.

First, we used the APostive app to show augmented reality on this year’s Book Week poster and bookmarkers.

Goggles VRWe then had QUT  VR Goggles with the Global Goggles app on…..huge hit with everyone who tried the experience! Famous icons being built in Brisbane…..Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, Colosseum, Statue of Liberty…..such fun being in a virtual world.



expoMany visitors to our stand enjoyed playing with the Little Bits and creating Squishy Circuits.



Haven’t quite worked out how to turn the videos the correct way around!!!

We also impressed with a sign which flashed little LED lights. 🙂

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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!