UQ in collaboration with St Joseph’s College, Toowoomba

24 Sep 2018

UQ’s School of IT and Electrical Engineering has started working in collaboration with a UQSchoolsNet member school, St Joseph’s College in Toowoomba on a tailor-made outreach program.

The College was looking for guidance on integrating robotics (NAO robots) and design thinking across multiple subjects, with the ultimate aim to raise student learning.

Dr. Marie Boden and Sarah Matthews, academics from UQ’s School of IT and Electrical Engineering are heading the collaboration, which started in July 2018.  They have put together a one-year program which consists of training teachers on how to use robotics and design thinking within the classroom and how to apply the training across the delivery of different subjects.  The program also includes in-classroom supervision, where Marie and Sarah visit classrooms within the College to observe how teachers are applying the training and offer support.

A number of teachers from the College attended the initial professional development session at UQ’s St Lucia campus, and were extremely positive about the day. The teachers are now looking forward to implementing the strategies into their teaching and learning, and of course, welcoming Marie and Sarah into their classrooms in the near future.

UQSchoolsNet originally started as an internet service provider (ISP) providing primary and secondary schools with a fast, reliable and cost-competitive data link.  It has now grown into more than an ISP, offering support to schools via a range of engagement opportunities with The University of Queensland, primarily in the digital technologies space.  This is of particular interest to high schools, as it supports the significant changes in the Australian Curriculum for Digital Technologies.

If you would like to know more about engaging with UQ in robotics or digital technologies, please contact Ana Vuckovic, Business Development Manager, ITS on 0478 309 602 or ana.vuckovic@uq.edu.au.