Science Beyond the Classroom at St John’s
For the second year in a row St John’s Anglican College, in partnership with the University of Queensland hosted the one day event, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). On Monday, 7 March St John’s welcomed students and staff from The Springfield Anglican College, St Augustine’s College, Forest Lake State High School, Redbank Plains State High School and Glenala State High School to the Secondary Campus, College Auditorium. The event brought a total of 100 students together from Years Nine to Eleven.
To begin the morning, students and staff were addressed by Mr Sebastion Marx, The University of Queensland who delivered a Careers Presentation. Following on from the presentation, students participated in two interactive science workshops which were facilitated by tutors from The University of Queensland. One workshop ‘Robotics’, allowed the students to to build and program a robot using online instructions. This was delivered via a new EV3 Programmer App which brought the robots coming to life.
The other workshop ‘Ozobots’ the students learnt that by drawing paths and creating colour codes you can program a robot without the use of a computer. The students were also required to work in teams whilst they created a city for a robot (the Ozobot) to move around in. Through this fun and creative workshop, the students were introduced to algorithmic thinking, prediction and planning.
The day concluded with a presentation from guest speaker, Dr Tanveer Hussain from The University of Queensland, Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology.
The ‘Science Beyond the Classroom’ event is part of the St John’s STEM Institute engagement and we are delighted to have had the opportunity to host this event for the second year.