Robotic journey to Papua New Guinea

Amity College teacher Adem Aydogan and students Ibrahim Hadi and Harun Hodzic. Picture: Chris Lane
Amity College teacher Adem Aydogan and students Ibrahim Hadi and Harun Hodzic. Picture: Chris Lane

Amity College, Prestons teacher Adem Aydogan has a keen interest in humanitarian work and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). And he has added up the numbers to find a way to combine the two.

To coincide with World Teachers Day, Adem was one of six recipients of a $5000 NGS Super Scholarship award to help commence a professional development course, project or initiative of their choice.

Mr Aydogan will use the scholarship to travel to Papua New Guinea with year 12 students Ibrahim Hadi and Harun Hodzic to run a series of robotics workshops at Paradise International School teaching the basics of programming in December.

He will upskill local teachers in using robotics kits and teaching strategies and donate a robotics kit to the school which has a CPU that can be programmed from a laptop to make a robot do a range of activities from navigating a map to scoring a goal.

"It was great to find out the project will be supported," he said.

"Our school is quite big on STEM, especially considering a lot of the fields are STEM based. A lot of the students have been doing robotics since primary and the older kids now teach the younger grades the basics."

Amity College student teacher Adem Aydogan will use his scholarship to travel to Papua New Guinea with his students to run a series of robotics workshops.

Amity College student teacher Adem Aydogan will use his scholarship to travel to Papua New Guinea with his students to run a series of robotics workshops.

The school's commitment to STEM has been rewarded in several competitions including year 10 students Zayd Maarabani and Mohammed Ahmed winning gold medals at the China STEM Maker Camp earlier this month.

NGS Super chief executive Laura Wright said: "We know that teachers are incredibly hard-working and we are so proud to be able to support them achieve their dreams in any capacity."

The awards, now in their ninth year, has given more than $250,000 to members in the education sector with more than 100 applications received each year.