Equity and access for students in the Southern Inland

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  • Date
    22 May 2020
  • Category
    News
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A Jugiong Public student with a her new Splat tool

The STEM Industry School Partnership (SISP) program was delighted to receive a $1000 Community Education Grant from Charles Sturt University. The funding will be used to provide a number of schools in the Southern Inland region with Splats.

The SISP Program, funded by the Department of Education, has been delivered in the Southern Inland region since 2018, with support from Regional Development Australia Southern Inland.

The Splat, an Australian Good Design Gold award winner, is a simple 3D drawing tool that helps students to draw 3D shapes and objects. The Covid-19 pandemic has seen a dramatic change in the way teaching in delivered, with many students working from home and relying on parental support for learning. With many students in the region unable to access reliable internet, the SISP team in the Southern Inland wanted to provide students with at-home learning resources that don’t rely on the internet. During these uncertain times, the team wanted to ensure that all students had access to a unique learning tool that could get students thinking and communicating in 3D.

“Whether in the classroom or at home, we love knowing that kids across the Southern Inland are receiving Splats to help them develop the necessary skills for success in STEM,” said Kylie Burrett, Splat co-creator.

“We look forward to continuing our work with SISP, RDA and schools across the Southern Inland and have several exciting new design projects coming out this year.”

As a result of the grant, a number of primary and secondary schools in the Hilltops region received the Splat tools free of charge. The Hilltops region are new to the SISP Program in 2020. Over the past 12 months, SPLATS have been provided to over 30 schools in the Southern Inland region and to almost 1000 students.

The SPLAT 3D website has a range of free resources to help students, teachers and parents start drawing, including the design of a chicken coop and a smart greenhouse.

Louise Bennetts, STEM Project Officer in the Southern Inland, expressed her excitement at being able to help teachers in a small way, following such a sudden change in the teaching and learning process.

“We are so excited to be able to provide these fantastic tools to so many students in our region. For us, it’s about providing students and teachers with equitable access to resources during this challenging time.”

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