Students, teachers, and the school community are interested and engaged in the projects and products in the technology programme, says Judi Delbridge.
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Judi Delbridge: So some of the advantages or the successes through this development of the programmes that we have are, well number one would be the engagement of the students. They are at the classroom prior to the bell, they are leaving after the bell, they are coming back at lunchtime, they love it.
They are creating some really fantastic products, which of course are going home and out into the community, so we’ve got this fantastic environment where parents are looking and thinking “Wow, this is great and this is authentic”. We get really positive feedback on the programmes from the parents and they come along to any events that we have.
The other students in the school benefit as well because they get to see some of these projects that are happening. As a result also, we’ve had huge increases in numbers of students electing to take the four technology programmes that we have here at this school, which is great. And we’ve got teachers who are excited and really working with the girls and having a great time. But just the learning is so strong and it’s neat because we have students who want to learn and we just don’t seem to have those barriers where we’ve got kids that aren’t interested.
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