Students at St Edwards Primary School are having a week away from the traditional classrooms of the past, focussing instead on innovations of the future, and all framed through apps.
‘Appy Week’ as it has been named by STEAM (Science,Technology, Engineering, Arts, Maths) coordinator Andy Lockwood, will see all years from kindergarten to year six taking on their own unique challenge.
Leader of Pedagogy Trish Mitchell said that all the organised program revolve around the STEAM principles, particularly engineering, and are all driven around apps.
“Some of the students are drawing medieval characters which are then brought to life, while other students are designing t-shirts that then become interactive, and others are coding Bee-Bot robots which are then sent on journeys,” she said.
“The programs run all week as the students, plan, design and then put their projects all together.”
Ms Lockwood has been driving an app in the school called see-saw “which is a communication tool between home and school.”
“That has turned into a passion for apps in general in the school, which is why Ms Lockwood is describing this week as ‘app smashing’.”