March 08, 2017
Wananga takes robots to kura
Whakatane-based Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi is putting robots into primary schools and kura in the Eastern Bay of Plenty.
Its Institute of Indigenous Innovation and Design, Tokorau, has won $30,000 from the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment’s Unlocking Curious Minds contestable fund to run RoboPa, a robotics initiative designed to engage Maori students.
Institute head Professor John Clayton says it will allow pupils to engage with modern technologies, software and equipment.
Tamariki will be shown how to break large abstract problems down into more manageable and comprehensible concepts and then construct, test, and reflect on collaborative solutions.
It’s hoped the initiative will encourage tamariki to study more science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and to become innovators in digital environments rather than passive consumers of digital services.
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