Geography in the Makerspace Zone

IMG_6109It was now time for us to promote our space to the rest of the school and to get the teachers behind what we were doing. Many of the teachers had seen the exciting ‘stuff’ the girls had made. This led to questions about what we had been doing in library lessons as the teachers do not attend. So, as part of the Geography assignment this term my Year 6 girls incorporated a ‘Maker Faire’ type morning into their unit of work. The girls studied the economic, social and cultural diversity of a S.E. Asian country in relationship to either trade, aid or tourism and its connections with Australia. The girls collected data and researched their chosen country and then created an Infographic using Piktochart. They designed activities, to engage younger students in the school, which had connection back to the country of study. There was a donation collected which is to support ‘Room to Read World Change Challenge!’


As author-ambassador for Room to Read, Tristan Bancks Skyped in to chat to the girls and support them.

It was a huge success!

The photos are of some of the activities the girls created.

Girls printed out their infographic to display with their activity.


‘Bob’ the robot was programmed to spin in a circle and wave his arm if an answer was correct!


‘Bob’ also encouraged each participant to ‘have ago’!


Students had to match the correct icons to either Australia or Vietnam using the BeeBots.


These girls used melting beads to re-create symbols and designs from their country of study.


Using paint to create beautiful ‘henna’ body art work.


One of our teachers testing his skills in completing a student designed jigsaw and a matching game.


Younger students taking a quiz on Cambodian customs.






These girls found a Vietnamese fan dance to teacher the younger students.


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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!