Posted on 03 January, 2017

Darwin High School buys Robot Arm

Darwin High School buys Robot Arm

Darwin High School would like to thank everyone who supported our successful crowdfunding campaign to buy an Industrial Robot Arm. 

Our school is a Centre for Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). It's estimated that in the next decade 75 per cent of jobs in the fastest growing industries will need skills in STEM. 

Ensuring students have the skills needed for the workforce of the future means we need to be at the cutting edge of technological advancements. Our teachers know that to succeed our students need to be engaged, they need to have opportunities for hands on experiences and real world problem solving.

At Darwin High School, we teach a range of Design and Technology subjects, including Electronics and Robotics. We are working to incorporate additional types of manufacturing, especially digital manufacturing techniques, to make sure our students are using up to date equipment and learning the skills they will need for the workplace, now and into the future.

That's why we needed an industrial robot arm! An Industrial Robot Arm means student can make their design and manufacturing ideas a reality. Robot arms are similar to the human hand and can make things that 3D printers and milling machines can’t.

Technology advances at a pace that can be challenging to keep up with. As a government school it is not always possible to obtain the type of one-off injection of funds needed for a big purchase like an Industrial Robot Arm.

The support of our school community in our robot arm campaign is helping to ensure our students have access to cutting edge technological advancements. The money raised has been used to purchase the Industrial Robot Arm and we are now eagerly awaiting its arrival. 

Darwin High School staff and students would like to recognise those who supported their Robot Arm campaign, including:

Peter Holtham, Fiona Foran, Ilaria Tomassi, Penny McIntyre, Rebecca Kopke-Bennett, Jackie Dupe, Marnie Foster, Carrie Gledhill, Diyah Christie, Stavroula Boubaris Kokkinomagoulos, Susan Cameron, MLA, Hon. Lauren Moss, Donna Mearns, Janice Warren, Hui-Min Leastman, Salonika Avenue, Agnieszka Brzezinska, Vida Goodvach, Bruce Cameron, Michele Samuels, Ashleigh Casey, Rohan Ford, Clare Labowitch, Nadia Phillips, Michael Fong, Judy Boland, Jean McDonald, Meg Davis, Sam Schuman, Peter Coulter, Tania Lawrie, Tom Roberts, Deb Lamb, Roma Dainius, Trevor Read, Manju Dhir, David O'Neil, Lisa Heath, Dash Media, Radical Systems, Northern Territory Government Department of Education and the Chief Minister, the Hon. Michael Gunner MLA.

Thank you from the students and staff at Darwin High!

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