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Queensland Department of Education’s Coding Counts initiative gets physical with a move in to Maker Spaces

In April, the Intel Education Team joined a group of passionate educators giving up their holidays to learn more about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) powered maker technologies.

As a part of a 14 school maker space trial, Intel Australia has donated more than 100 of its Genuino 101 Arduino boards for use in Queensland classrooms. Commonly referred to as a STEM in a box kit, these boards provide the potential for students to prototype solutions to problems they face in their classroom, their community and beyond.

To begin the day we heard from these inspired maker educators, and were excited to hear about their progress, many having already created a maker space and in one case a mobile maker space. The future too looks bright, with projects incorporating drones, robots as well as a focus on sustainability.

As a team we then explored the potential of the Genuino 101, from Bluetooth connectivity to its native ability to teach circuits. After some networking time over Pizza we took things a step further with the Seeed Studio Arduino starter kit. This plug and play technology for Arduino allowed participants to quickly and easily see the prototyping potential of the Genuino 101, connecting sensors, buzzers, servos and so much more. One group even engineered a robotic tyre changing solution for the Intel formula one racer….engagement anyone?

Coding get's physical with maker tools

With the groundwork laid, we look forward to hearing more from these schools as they progress down their maker space journey. The entire Intel Education team walked away encouraged by the commitment, vision and enthusiasm of every member of the trial group and can’t wait to see young innovators bursting from the doors of schools across Queensland.

The team would like to especially thank Ashleigh Smith, Principal Project Officer with the Learning Technologies Dream Factory team, for her efforts in being the driving force behind this project as well as the Brisbane Microsoft Education team for the use of their supreme facilities.

To access the resources we used throughout the day, take a look in the Community Content section of the Innovation Toolbox.