Tech savvy students STEAM ahead
Every week keen Year 3 – Year 6 Tech Club students meet to share their passion for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics). “The STEAM educational approach guides students to develop inquiry and critical thinking skills,” explained Arden’s Tech Club Coordinator and ICT Integration Teacher, Mrs Karen Hopkins. “Tech Club provides a safe space for students to take risks, work as a team, solve problems and be creative. Tech Club aims to introduce students to different programming languages and have some fun learning code together, while also focusing on Science, Engineering and Technology tasks such as 3D design and printing,” she said. The club encourages team work in mixed age groupings and also provides leadership opportunities, with Year 6 students helping run the sessions.
Hayley Goodlace (Year 6) reflected, “I like Tech Club because you are learning and having fun at the same time. It is not ‘Schoolwork’; it is experimenting, inventing and having fun.”