Calrossy school trials new week-long intensive learning program

CALROSSY dived headfirst into a new education initiative with an intensive week-long program dedicated to all things water.

DIFFERENT DESIGN: Eli Kelly and Jack Johnson took part in the "Swimming Spheros" workshop as pasrt of Calrossy's Water Week program. Photo: Peter Hardin 291116PHB019

DIFFERENT DESIGN: Eli Kelly and Jack Johnson took part in the "Swimming Spheros" workshop as pasrt of Calrossy's Water Week program. Photo: Peter Hardin 291116PHB019

This is Calrossy’s maiden voyage into “Water Week”, where year seven and eight students lose their usual class timetables in favour of a custom problem-based learning initiative dedicated to one of our most precious resources.

Calrossy Information Communication Technology (ICT) Integrator Amber Chase helped devise Water Week and said it was designed to overcome a typical lull in motivation for students by the end of the school year.

“It’s a bit of a challenge at this time of year to keep the students motivated and excited about what’s happening at school,” Mrs Chase said.

The week will cover water’s role in biology, physics, sports science among other topics.

SPEED RACERS: The students took their Swimming Spheros designs to the pool in a test to find the best speed across the water. Photo: Peter Hardin 291116PHB081

SPEED RACERS: The students took their Swimming Spheros designs to the pool in a test to find the best speed across the water. Photo: Peter Hardin 291116PHB081

One session saw students making structural additions to robotic spheres to make them travel faster on the water’s surface.

“It’s a process of iteration and improving what they have worked on to come up with a final project.” Mrs Chase said.

The week will culminate with students presenting a water-related project with Tamworth Regional Council set to cast an eye over students’ ideas. Mrs Chase said the school will look to roll-out similar intensive learning experiences into the future.

TEST: Patrick Dulihanty and Nick Johnston. Photo: Peter Hardin 291116PHB063

TEST: Patrick Dulihanty and Nick Johnston. Photo: Peter Hardin 291116PHB063

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