Sunday, 12 March 2017

What do you want to be when you grow up? vs How will you improve the world when you grow up?

Our world is changing at a phenomenal rate that often change is happening before our eyes and in today's world we accept it as change is the norm.  What will the world be like when the children I am teaching now are my age?  Technology is everywhere in our daily lives whether we choose to use it or not.  I smile as I view the advertisement on TV that subtly promotes Toyota . . .

So now see what our youth of today are likely to experience when they are independent citizens of our communities.  An article by a school principal sums up the challenges that we grapple with as we prepare our students to face the future.   This is not new to St Margaret's College.  Our Principal, Gillian Simpson has spoken about exponential change and future thinking in many assemblies and prize giving speeches.

Is the fourth industrial revolution upon us?  Click on the link below to read more:

Monday, 6 March 2017

A Passion for Technology

We are so fortunate to have in our midst people who proudly represent St Margaret’s College beyond our campus.  

An individual who is making the most of the opportunities available at St Margaret’s College is Hattie Compton-Moen.  Not only has Hattie been a willing participant in all things tech, she also unselfishly provides opportunities for others to grow and catch the passion that she has for technology.  Last year Hattie was a facilitator in many initiatives instigated from the Centre of Innovation.  Hattie supported the pre-school with the Beebot progamme, she was a facilitator at the Bays Cluster Tech Fest for the Sumner areas schools and she represented the students on a panel when we hosted Adriana Gascoigne.
Attending the Singularity U Conference last year was an opportunity for Hattie to be inspired by international speakers.  Only last weekend, Hattie was participating in the Global Student Conference which was held online.  This forum was focussed at students presenting to students.  One of the aims of the conference was to foster a better understanding of how STEM and entrepreneurship engage students, teachers, and administrators in a conversation about learning.
We are immensely proud that Hattie presented at this conference.  When I asked her for some reflections about this event she said,

“I actually found it really fun to present, and I think it was a great first experience learning how to create and show a presentation in this situation. It was amazing seeing the different places around the world that people came from. One attendee said that they would use the information I presented to help start a girls' robotics club in their community, and I am incredibly grateful that I had the opportunity to share my experiences with others and help them to stop gender inequality in technology in their own community.”

Bryn Lewis is the founding member of our Internet of Things Club that runs on Thursday after school.  He has a huge passion for supporting girls in tech.  Bryn brings a wealth of knowledge and the girls and they are spoilt for choice in projects where they can develop their coding.  This year, the group is faced with a vast range of projects such as building and writing the code for a pet monitor, a heart rate monitor, creating an iPod, particle pollution sensor, energy and water monitoring sensors, gathering data for soil and moisture sensors in an organic walnut farm, and creating props for robocup.  

Bryn has had many challenges through 2016, but despite the setbacks he remains loyal to St Margaret’s College.  His dedication in providing our girls the chance to work in projects that measure and monitor our local community has been strong.  Through Bryn, St Margaret’s College was being proudly promoted in Australia at the recent Microsoft Ignite Conference in February.  This conference showcased innovation, learning and planning for what’s next in tech.  We are immensely thankful to have his support in bringing our girls the awareness of a future career pathway in technology.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Are you considering a career in ICT???

A new provider is offering some exciting qualifications in ICT

Signal (South Island Graduate Network and Laboratories) is a collaboration between the 

  • University of Canterbury
  • University of Otago
  • Ara Institute of Canterbury
  • Otago Polytechnic
  • Lincoln University.

Signal ICT Graduate School is giving us an opportunity to develop IT skills together with industry.   A recognition that the growing IT industry is in need of more qualified and knowledgeable individuals has lead to the push for an organisation of this type. 

Click on the link below for more information. 


Canterbury Tech Summit

Are you interest in Geoscience or Drones?

Check out the next event in Christchurch : Click on this link

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Science or Craft?

Would you consider these projects as science or craft?   I suppose it depends on how you might define "craft".

Below are a few sites to visit to kick start your thinking:

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Tait Communications Kids Tech Fest

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.