Allens - Engaging Children in Robotics and STEM Learning 

Thanks to the incredible generosity of the Allens Philanthropy Funding Program, Ardoch has supported six schools in Melbourne’s West, Frankston and Dandenong with both Robotics Tech Boxes and professional development for their teachers. The Tech Boxes support schools with a range of robotics equipment which can be used by students across a variety of age groups and abilities. Additionally, teacher training is crucial for the establishment of impactful robotics programs in schools, so professional development is delivered to empower the teachers and give them confidence to deliver an engaging program for their students.
 
We recently hosted a member of the Allens Philanthropy Committee at St Anthony’s Primary School in Noble Park for a fantastic visit where the students showcased how much they are enjoying and engaging with the Robotics Program. Their Robotics teacher shared with us: “The tech boxes have been a wonderful addition to our school's Digital Technologies program. The P-2 students have been using them to follow, describe and represent a sequence of steps. 
 
This has been extremely exciting for them as they can use their knowledge to think of many different solutions to solve a problem. Within the 3-4 area their critical thinking has been deepened by the robotics, as students are able to define a problem and use this technology to create various solutions. The best thing about the tech box is the ability to incorporate the technology into many areas of the Victorian curriculum, especially English and Mathematics.” 
 
Shifa Akbar, a member of Allens’ Melbourne Philanthropy Committee, shared “our Melbourne Philanthropy Committee had the pleasure of supporting Ardoch last year in delivering the Robotics project to six schools. My recent visit to one of the schools was really insightful – it was great to see the children getting excited and involved in learning STEM through the use of robotics. A great initiative and such an innovative way to engage kids in STEM. I really wished we had these robots when I was studying. Amazing job by Ardoch!”