Trish thinks it is unacceptable that some students are still in 20th Century rather than 21st Century Learning. Unfortunately, at the start of the program there was a real focus in Trish’s school on phonics and basic skills, sometimes at the expense of competing ideologies. Trish believes in a school where every child is shown as many paths as possible to experience real life learning in STEM, and she set about to make this a reality.
The key to Trish’s initiative was having girls use STEM education to solve a real-world community road safety problem by providing an innovative solution that globally has proven to change driver behaviour to make crossings safer. The project is ongoing, but has already had an impressive impact!
Through partnerships with the local council and Vic Roads Trish is working with students on a 3D Crossing Road Safety Project. The girls are seeking to solve the real life community problem of an unsafe school road crossing. They provided evidence that the crossing is unsafe using drone data to analyse road stats, observing driver behaviour, as well as collecting parent surveys. They plan to use 3D virtual reality technology to support designs for a safer crossing, and to create the prototype of the 3D crossing with the help of a local artist to assist the girls with drawing their designs.
By doing so the girls are creating change and collaborating with stakeholders to make the school crossing safer. They are being leaders, using STEM skills to solve the problem.
At the beginning of the project Trish positively impacted 20 Grade 4 girls, and this has now increased to include 75 Grade 5/6 students, as well as a further 20 high school students, and the project is still going!
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Trish would love your support for 3D Road Crossing Safety, or for you to start a similar program in your school, and she’d love to hear about any ideas you have or lend a hand where she can. Shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to get in touch with Trish and we can connect you. Feel free to cheer her on in the comments below as well.
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