Expo fosters creators

Students at Amaroo Primary School explored design and technology last week in the school's third annual Tech Expo.

The local primary school invited Perth's Scitech, Synergy, Worsley and others to help students delve into STEM learning in a hands-on way.

STEM learning: Toby Carr and Josh Hall, both 11, participating in the Amaroo Tech Expo. Photo: Taylar Amonini.

STEM learning: Toby Carr and Josh Hall, both 11, participating in the Amaroo Tech Expo. Photo: Taylar Amonini.

Amaroo teacher Nicole Ambrose said the expo was held in an effort to foster the next generation of innovators.

"Just like with traditional literacy and numeracy, technology is a literacy our children need to have in the world we live in today," she said.

"By the time they finish their schooling, they need to be really fluent in this aspect of their lives and we don't want our students to be simply users of technology, we want them to be creators.

"Because of this goal for our students, it's important that they discover and explore and think that technology is an awesome thing to do so we can foster that development."

Mr Ambrose said the school's emphasis on STEM learning and technology was of benefit to the teachers, as well as the students.

"I want our kids to have the same opportunities as the kids in Perth do and that's why we push STEM learning here," she said.

"We need to have kids with flexibility and innovation in their thinking and in what they can do so it's really important this is a whole school approach.

"I really encourage all our teachers to get involved to explore what more they can do and how they can engage their students in STEM activities."

From solar-powered remote control cars to using robots to create pieces of art, the students lapped up the activities on offer in what was a great alternative to regular classes.

Year six student Toby Carr said the day made him want to delve more into the tech world as he got older and advanced in school.

"I like being part of [The Tech Expo] because it's really fun, we get to spend the day just playing with technology and it's all just really cool," he said.

"It makes me want to do this kind of thing more in the future and when I grow up because it's fun to do."