Students tackle new tech for display
School kids are getting tech savvy to create a community heroes display for Newdegate Machinery Field Days.
Sixteen Newdegate Primary School students are participating in the project, which involves using new technology to interview the community’s emergency service volunteers on their roles.
Their hard work will then form a digital display at the Dyson Jones Wool & Technology Pavilion.
Newdegate Primary School teacher Shelley Stowers said the project was a part of the new digital technologies curriculum, which aimed to help students adapt to constantly evolving technologies.
“Our students are problem solvers and excited to try unfamiliar technologies,” she said. “They are the entrepreneurs and innovators of the future.”
Ms Stowers said students from Years Four, Five and Six had filmed the interviews on iPads in front of a green screen, later using a digital program to put a video or a still image in the background.
Newdegate Primary School Year Four student Piper Hall said she had learnt a lot from listening to the stories of those participating in the project, titled “Newdegate’s Community Heroes”.
“I didn’t know they did so many things to keep us safe,” she said.
Another student, Maddison Steicke, said she loved using the green screen and learning about the community services in Newdegate.
Ms Stowers, who is also the leader of Teachers Can Code, said the students were excited to have their work on display this field days.
She attributed the success of the event to the passion and cohesiveness of the Newdegate community.
“Everyone is willing to help and our primary school often contributes artwork,” she said.
“One year, each family decorated a gate, with the artwork depicting where they fit within the community. The results were so good, that the gates now adorn our school fence.”
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