NSW Education Week: Gib Gate are tech creators

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TECHNOLOGY READY: Year 5 students, Alice Mulligan (left) and Sophie Alexander, work on their coding skills

TECHNOLOGY READY: Year 5 students, Alice Mulligan (left) and Sophie Alexander, work on their coding skills

Head of Gib Gate, Sally Robson said that students are technology creators, not just technology consumers.

“Through our broad curricular and co-curricular program all students have the opportunity to undertake subjects that develop this essential skill of the future,” Ms Robson said.

From Kindergarten to Year 6, all Gib Gate students participate in weekly coding lessons where students engage in computational thinking, design and reasoning to create their own games and problem-solving challenges.

Year 4 and Year 5 students participate in an intensive, week-long coding experience, immersing themselves in the challenging process of creating their own app for a mobile device.

Stage one students are also expert programmers, using coding to plan paths for ‘Bee bot’ robots, designing maps on Ipads, creating an app and programming a virtual Bee bot to follow designated routes.

Year 2 robotics students are currently preparing for participation in the annual First Lego League Junior competition - the 2018 Mission Moon Challenge - where they are engaged in developing solutions to real-world issues with past challenges covering topics such as nanotechnology, climate, and transportation.

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Engaging in the design process, the students are challenged to create a poster and working model to communicate their thinking, learning engineering and programming skills along the way.

The Gib Gate senior RoboCup team are currently preparing for three days of intense competition in Canberra, where they will pit their robots and programming skills against other students, supported by Australian National University robotics student mentors, before progressing to the National RoboCup competition in Melbourne.

As specialists in preschool and primary – co-education, GIb Gate educators are expert in individualised learning.

The primary years of a child’s educational experience are crucial in establishing a positive attitude towards life and learning. At Gib Gate highly-skilled educators carefully track individual student progress, supporting and extending students to achieve specific learning goals. 

Their values-based educational philosophy coupled with an outstanding co-curricular program in a unique rural campus is where they teach pupils to begin to discriminate between what is good and what is only second rate.

In the word of founder Winifred West. “This is where you should catch a glimpse of what life has to offer young students, so they may leave, feeling that they are making a beginning and not an end, determined to live thoroughly and not to be content with half achievement."

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