A teacher from regional State school Balaklava High Kelly Schubert (pictured above on the left) said:
"I'm very lucky at my school to run a program called 'Numeracy Enrichment' with middle school students. We explore numeracy in real world applications and how it fits in with potential career paths. I needed to upskill in digital technologies and their applications in industry so when my line manager told me about this opportunity I jumped straight in. I started this year with a basic understanding of STEM and very little idea of how to bring it to my classroom in a meaningful way.
Now, 1 year in, my knowledge has grown immensely. I've used digital designing programs and 3D printers to make a prototype of my own product idea, I've programmed robots to work an assembly line, and my favourite, I've assembled a circuit board by hand, attached it to a robot and then coded it to complete a scenario task that was based on the Mars rover!
The only thing I've found more exciting than doing all these things myself is being able to immediately use my learning in the classroom. My students can see the direct connections between the tasks they do at school, the university programs they can complete, and the career opportunities they lead to.
The support, flexibility, and industry knowledge provided by the amazing people running this program has made it so easy to complete even while working full time. Digital technology in industry is the future and Flinders University is leading the way, get on it!"
Regional teacher from Alice Springs Linda Tsai (pictured above on the right) said:
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this course offered by Flinders University. The administrative and academic staff have been extremely accommodating and flexible for a mum of three children under 5 years old.
I've always had an interest in engineering, electronics and robotics but struggled to understand it on my own. The pace and pedagogies have been planned well and definitely recommend this course to others! Extremely grateful for the federal grant and this precious opportunity.”