WA schools are lining up to ensure their students get to experience the Resources Technology Showcase event in November.
The two-day exhibition of the technology driving the mining and oil and gas industries will see the world’s biggest companies demonstrate how robotics, augmented reality, artificial intelligence and remote operations are transforming the jobs of tomorrow. Hale School is one of the schools using the RTS to add a real-world dimension to its STEM program.
Hale runs a STEM course in Year 9 and engineering, design and technology, science and mathematics courses in Years 10, 11 and 12.
Hale Institute of Technology and Innovation director Toby Trewin said the Year 9 course was designed to ensure students appreciated the importance of STEM through inquiry and experimentation.
“It is about problem solving and finding solutions to real-world problems,” he said.
“Boys work together with different technology, such as laser cutters, 3-D printers, robotics, programming, 3-D modelling and lots of prototyping.”
Hale’s engineering studies program allows students in Year 10, 11 and 12 to apply engineering design processes and appreciate the underlying mathematical principles.
A specialist engineering field known as mechatronics — a combination of electronics, mechanical systems and control technique — encourages students to use programmable microcontrollers to command models they design and build.
“Mechatronics ties most closely with the resources industry on display at the conference,” Mr Trewin said.
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