“The HUB” is the newest community space on our Middle and Senior Years' campus. Located in the library and designed to cater for our technology-minded students, we already have a growing number of students enjoying all it has to offer! A significant aspect of this program is to engage in peer tutoring where the students are empowered to learn from each other; we have already discovered a number of students who have existing experience and skills to share with their peers.
With the one-to-one device program fully implemented through the school, the library no longer had need for a room full of computers, and the word was put out for suggestions as to the room's new purpose. Coincidentally Mr Wilkinson had been seeking a space for the school's technically minded community to engage in independent and small group project learning. He has, with Mr Unsworth’s help, furnished a flexible learning space that entices many staff members and students throughout the day; but at lunch time it becomes "The HUB".
While the library provides a community space for students to socialise over commercial games during breaks, “The HUB” provides a more definite focus, challenging students to explore computer science, coding, robotics and programming in a relaxed participative environment. Students are involved in choosing the direction of their own collaborative learning. To date, they have begun to explore and investigate the Hour of Code, dismantled a computer and printer to analyse its working parts, assembled some Raspberry Pi and are in the process of re-imaging old hardware to self-fund future projects.
With the skills and knowledge they are building, the students are aiming to build computers using Open-Source code. This will allow them to practice their programming and game development skills in order to set up a machine to play legacy games. Students are hoping that their future projects will also include 3D printing to allow them to create templates for 3D imaging projects in order to create parts for future projects.
It is envisaged that as they develop their ideas, these projects will expand to benefit the wider community.