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Thursday, June 3 • 9:00am - 10:00am
K-12 STEM Education - Oral Presentations 5

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AI, Robotics, Biomimicry And Inquiry Learning In The Primary And Secondary Classroom
Jason Milner(1), Lauren Heath(2), Brenda Gahan(2)
1: Knox Grammar Preparatory School, Australia; 2: Wahroonga Preparatory School, Australia
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This presentation will be based upon an immersive inquiry unit developed to assist Year Three students in the exploration and transformation of learning when studying concepts based around living things, adaptation and biomimicry. During this session, participants will be taken on the unit’s journey exploring the necessary skillset, toolset and mindset in successfully implementing this unit of work. We will explicitly discuss the pedagogies, use of hardware, software and look at examples of student work and their thinking.
This presentation is important and relevant as it allows educators to see examples of how this approach to learning encourages students to empathise with current issues people are facing through the integration of the UN Sustainable Development Goal 3 and demonstrates how the necessary skills and background knowledge to create with artificial intelligence can be taught in a relevant, meaningful and engaging manner.
Through the use of a big idea ‘adaptation’ and by using the Kath Murdoch Inquiry Framework and essential questions, this unit demonstrates the vitality of empowering students by creating a rich and real world learning experience. Students are guided through a range of learning activities and scientific experiments to assist them in forming a deep understanding of the content at hand and developing a range of skills in design and production, STEAM, artificial intelligence, robotics and coding. Student’s knowledge is also supported by case studies including Leonardo Da Vinci’s work in flying machines, and more modern uses of biomimicry. Finally, students explore the mechanics and adaptations made by certain animals and insects. Students demonstrate their learning and understandings by completing a challenge, which includes creating an invention which uses biomimicry. They must build a functioning prototype using AI and robotics to solve a target within UN Sustainable Development Goal 3.

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Brenda Gahan

Science Teacher and Gifted Coordinator, Wahroonga Preparatory School
Brenda is an educator with over 17 years of experience as a classroom teacher, learning enhancement specialist, and is currently the Science Specialist and Gifted and Talented Coordinator for Wahroonga Preparatory School, Sydney. She has a passion for supporting students to reach... Read More →
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Lauren Heath

Teacher, Wahroonga Preparatory School
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Jason Milner

ICT Integrator, Knox Grammar Preparatory School
As a Primary School ICT Integrator across two campuses at Knox Grammar School, Jason leads teams and projects focusing on embedding a range of innovative practices utilising technology in education. For the whole schooling community, he has three areas of focus which are essential... Read More →

Thursday June 3, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
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