Scots students building skills for life in iDesign program

FROM life-size go-carts to solar powered batteries, students at the Scots PGC College have been busily preparing projects for a new program.

The inaugural iDesign program encourages students to think along the lines of creativity, innovation and sustainability.

Head of junior and middle school Michelle Brown said some of the students' projects were "truly inspirational" and she decided to open the display to the public.

"I think they will thoroughly enjoy the projects the students have come up with," she said.

"They've already presented them to their peers and the projects have ranged from fencing wire rollers to a movie about how to prepare cattle for shows."

Mrs Brown said other projects included a family table, a montage of photos on canvas and a family cook book. The program aims to initiate and develop projects that encourage self-directed learning.

"It's about engagement with other students, building relationships and evoking interest in the students," Mrs Brown said.

"It also helped the students practise problem solving and time management. This project has helped the students learn real world skills and given them motivation to learn more independently."

Year 8 student Luke McGahan created a go-cart from materials he had at home.

"My dad, Jack and I started gathering steal, tyres and an old 50cc engine," he said.

"I then drew up a plan and started to weld the steel frame together.

"It's the first time I've built something that actually goes and it was not only great fun with my dad but I learnt how to weld, grind and assemble."


What: Project display

When: Tonight from 6.30

Where: The Scots PGC Wilf Arthur Learning Centre, Middle School campus, Oxenham St, Warwick.

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