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REAL Project (Robots Enhance Applied Learning)

Wyndham Park Primary School, VIC

At Wyndham Park Primary, in Werribee in Melbourne's south-west, we want to inspire children to stretch their learning beyond the classroom. We want to develop and support the aspirations of young students who learn best by doing and we want to make maths fun. That's why we'd like to engage with Lego Mindstorms, a program that allows children to create and program their own robots. With a very tech-savvy teaching staff in the Year 5/6 team this year, we see Lego Mindstorms as an innovative way of capturing the minds of our students who currently disengage in the maths classroom.

Ninety-two students in Years 5 and 6 will participate in the program, which will also involve the Robotics Club of Victoria in staff training and visits to the school. We are a feeder school to Wyndham Central College, a school with a solid robotics program, and we'd like to prepare our students for an interest/talent in their secondary years. We expect student attendance and performance in numeracy, problem-solving and following complex instructions to improve.

This new strategy to engage children in learning follows our 2014 student attitudes to school survey, in which Year 5 & 6 students reported ‘stimulating learning’ to be the lowest of all response areas. Our NAPLAN results for 2014 showed Year 5 maths continues to remain below state minimum benchmarks with only small improvement over the past four years. Two-thirds of our students are in the bottom quartile of the state for learning outcomes, but many show greater engagement in numeracy when the learning is hands-on and problem-based.

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Wyndham Park Primary School

WERRIBEE, VIC

www.wyndhamparkps.vic.edu.au

At Wyndham Park Primary, in Werribee in Melbourne's south-west, we want to inspire children to stretch their learning beyond the classroom. We want to develop and support the aspirations of young students who learn best by doing and we want to make maths fun. That's why we'd like to engage with Lego Mindstorms, a program that allows children to create and program their own robots. With a very tech-savvy teaching staff in the Year 5/6 team this year, we see Lego Mindstorms as an innovative way of capturing the minds of our students who currently disengage in the maths classroom.

Ninety-two students in Years 5 and 6 will participate in the program, which will also involve the Robotics Club of Victoria in staff training and visits to the school. We are a feeder school to Wyndham Central College, a school with a solid robotics program, and we'd like to prepare our students for an interest/talent in their secondary years. We expect student attendance and performance in numeracy, problem-solving and following complex instructions to improve.

This new strategy to engage children in learning follows our 2014 student attitudes to school survey, in which Year 5 & 6 students reported ‘stimulating learning’ to be the lowest of all response areas. Our NAPLAN results for 2014 showed Year 5 maths continues to remain below state minimum benchmarks with only small improvement over the past four years. Two-thirds of our students are in the bottom quartile of the state for learning outcomes, but many show greater engagement in numeracy when the learning is hands-on and problem-based.

Wyndham Park Primary School

WERRIBEE,

www.wyndhamparkps.vic.edu.au