NEXT GENERATION OF AUSTRALIAN SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS

December 21, 2017 7:24 pm

 

 

Stockland and the National Theatre for Children (NTC) have joined forces for the third consecutive year to present a first-of-its-kind program using LEGO® Education robotics, as part of a new learning experience for students.

Over 10,000 students across 20 primary schools in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Perth will take part in a hands-on STEAM enrichment education opportunity at no cost to the school.

STEAM is the international movement to nurture student interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), while integrating the Arts to foster innovation.

Penny Courtie, Stockland Sustainability Manager, said: “Stockland is proud to be a world leader for sustainability and we are excited to once again partner with the National Theatre for Children to take this fun and educational play on its national tour”.

“We strongly believe that we have an important role to play in fostering innovation in students and helping to educate the next generation in the importance of STEAM based learning.”

The program, dubbed Bee on the Team (BOTT) will see professional actors from The National Theatre for Children portray bees, a bear and an ant in a live in-school comedy.  After the theatrical event excites students, each teacher will be provided with a supplemental curriculum designed to make science come to life.

The unique combination of the theatrical event, classroom-friendly software, and inspiring, curriculum-based science projects helps to build students’ confidence to ask questions, define problems and design their own solutions.

Students then form in-school teams who are provided with LEGO® Education WeDo 2.0 kits. Guided by teacher coaches, teams explore real-world scientific problems and create posters to illustrate their journey of discovery. Students will also construct a motorized model of what they learned using LEGO® Education WeDo 2.0 kits.

Tobias Benn NTC Managing Director, said: “There’s nothing out there like this new integrated STEAM experience for students, teachers and families.

“The National Theatre for Children’s ‘BOTT’ program offers primary school students hands-on, in-class STEAM education experiences combined with LEGO® Education robotics, all tied together by the motivational and educational impact of live theatre.”

Bee On The Team will launch its national tour in Melbourne during the week starting Monday 26th February, 2018.

Schools can register their interest for the BOTT program via the website: www.beeontheteam.com.au

 

About The National Theatre for Children

In 1978, NTC dedicated itself to delivering entertaining and highly educational programs to positively motivate families, students and educators.  We inspire young people – and their families – to explore important and timely curricular subjects including: wise energy use, science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), financial literacy, health and nutrition and environmental literacy, among others.  Originally focused on delivering its programs via live theatre, NTC is now an award-winning educational content provider whose repertoire includes print and digital curriculum and extracurricular events.  We have developed the art of teaching through educational story-telling into a science of its own, and are currently the largest in-school touring educational production company in the world. www.ntccorporate.com.au

About Stockland:

Stockland (ASX: SGP) was founded in 1952 and has grown to become Australia’s largest diversified property group – owning, developing and managing a large portfolio of shopping centres, residential communities, retirement living villages, office and industrial assets. Stockland was recognised by the S&P Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) as the global real estate sector leader for 2016-17 demonstrating world leadership across the areas of stakeholder engagement, customer relationship management, supply chain management, biodiversity and climate change strategy. Stockland also achieved Global Sector and Regional Sector Leader status in the 2016 Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) survey in the category Diversified – Retail/Office. www.stockland.com.au