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Technology & Design Student Research

 

 

Technology and Design students, Matthew Larkin and Lukas Arkinson with some of the Year 8 students from St Dominic's Grammar School who took part in their organised STEM event

 

 

Technology and Design students, Matthew Larkin and Lukas Arkinson, recently organised a STEM event for a group of Year 8 pupils from the nearby St Dominic’s Grammar School.

The student teachers are collaborating on a unique and innovative small scale research project which has been sponsored by Makeblock, an Amsterdam-based international STEAM Education provider. Danielle McCallion, an alumnus of St Mary’s, is the Education Officer for Makeblock.

The St Dominic’s pupils used programmable drones, robots and model hovercrafts for the purposes of both attempting to solve real-life-based authentic problems and enhancing their STEM-based subject knowledge.

The event was organised solely by Lukas and Matthew in order for them to gather evidence on whether such an integrated approach to STEM education enhances the teaching and learning experiences of pupils within the various STEM disciplines. Listening to the pupils’ voice is at the core of their research methodology.

Matthew and Lukas will be sharing the results of their research project with their peers at the 2019 St Mary’s Capstone Research conference.

 

Matthew Larkin and Lukas Arkinson with the group of Year 8 students from St Dominic's Grammar School during the start of the STEM event.

 

Some of the St Dominic's students using drones, robots and hovercrafts during the STEM event.