The competition provides schools with a chance to be innovative and creative in solving real world problems.
For their winning entry, the students, who come from 21 schools across the North Metropolitan Education Region, partnered with Nature Play WA to develop and locate a set of geocahces with the goal of “getting the community outside and more active and healthy”.
As the students explain, “Geocaching is a real-life, outdoor, world-wide treasure hunting game that involves using a GPS receiver to hide and seek various containers (geocaches) with other participants.”
Nature Play WA recognises geocaching as a great way to get kids and their families outdoors to participate in fun physical activities.
Gifted and Talented students learn best when engaged in real world problems, demonstrating their learning to real audiences and the competition allowed the students to use spatial technology in challenging, informative and fun ways to assist in solving a problem.
The win sees the culmination of the work undertaken by these gifted and talented students as part of the PEAC program. The program aims to give gifted and talented students opportunities to participate in a range of courses matching their talents and interests.
Traditionally the program has involved short courses of half a day per week, over a 10 week period. This cohort is the first group to participate in the program by withdrawing from their normal classes for a whole day, as opposed to the usual half day model.
Sabine Winton, North Metropolitan PEAC Coordinator said that this new model for extension of Year 7 student learning is more flexible than previous years.
“Planning is well underway for more exciting courses in 2013, including a ‘Hunger Games’ style course and ‘Maths in Art course’”, Ms Winton said.
For more information on the STiS entry visit the website.
Photo: PEAC students demonstrating their learning.