Kids in Tech Workshop
St Margaret’s College has partnered with Tait Communications to provide a technology workshop for children. The aim of this event has been to provide children with an opportunity to be exposed to a range of technology projects that allowed for the development of personal as well as technical skills.
We welcomed Sophie Aubrey back to St Margaret’s College as the Tait Communications representative. Sophie is an Old Girl of the College and both Sophie and past parent Garry Diack have been keen supporters of this project. Four schools were invited to attend the two-day workshop. Children from Te Whanau Tahi, Casebrook Intermediate, Rowley Ave School and Te Waka Unua came together to experience robotics, 3D design and printing, Coding and a Makerspace.
Through their experience, children have been given the opportunity to develop skills in problem-solving, communication, teamwork, creativity, spatial awareness, perseverance, and fine motor control. Technical skills of design, electronics, coding and continual testing of their projects have also been practiced. We recognise all of these as fundamental skills for our future thinkers.
St Margaret’s College students from year 6 – 10 supported and facilitated workshops. Their input to this event has been greatly appreciated. The power of students leading other students was phenomenal. Hattie Compton-Moen, Holly Macdonald, Emma Taylor, Mia Wright, Caitlyn Wickham, Anna Marra and Izzy Watson were impressive in their delivery and interaction with other children. Thanks also to the adult facilitators – Bridget McKendry from the FabLab, Carolyn Howie from Code Club Aotearoa and SMC staff Sarah Coursey and Linda Chong who also ran exciting workshops.
The Tait Communications Kids in Tech Workshop has been a pilot workshop. The goal for St Margaret’s College is to provide ongoing workshops and programmes for students and teachers from other Christchurch and Canterbury schools.