Yinnar South Primary School students have been learning a variety of STEM skills, with the most recent addition to the curriculum being robotics. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and STEM education creates critical thinkers who understand the world and can solve problems.

Thanks to an Inspiring Australia Science Engagement Programme Maker Projects grant, the school was able to purchase robotics equipment accessible to all ages.

Students have:
  • Used LittleBits Code Kit to code and create their own games.
  • Coded Edison and mBot robots.Used Makey Makeys to create things such as a responsive robots and video game controllers.
  • Programmed special effects onto a green screen for their own movies.
  • Used virtual reality software to create their own 3d environments to explore.Built a Raspberry Pi – a computer the size of a credit card.
  • Students fully engage with STEM activities and are willing to take on challenges. There is a great sense of achievement when their persistence pays off which has a positive impact on self-confidence and flows into other learning areas.