STUDENTS GO ‘NUTS AND BOLTS’ FOR NEIGHBOURHOOD GRANT ROBOTICS PROGRAM


Publicly-listed developer Cedar Woods Properties is inviting community groups located in and around its Upper Kedron estate, Ellendale, to submit applications for its third annual Neighbourhood Grants Program. 

The program offers grants of $500, $1000 or $2000 to assist organisations looking to make a difference in the local area.

Last year 15 groups received funding through the program, including Ferny Grove’s St. Andrews Catholic Primary School, which was awarded $2000 for a cutting-edge robotics program.

The program has allowed students to create their own simulation of a ‘Mars-rover exploration’.

St. Andrews Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) coordinator, Peter Macaione, said the robotics program would not have been possible without Cedar Woods’ generous grant. 

“We were able to put the grant to best use by continuing to inspire and motivate our students with innovative technology,” he said. 

“Our robotics program involved an intensive, two-day workshop for each class of students from Years 4, 5 and 6 – a total of 13 classes over 26 days.

“Students worked in teams of two to create a simulation of a Mars mission which involved building a Rover, exploring a simulated surface of the planet and retrieving minerals.”

Mr Macaione said the students then reported their findings as part of the assessment.

“It was fantastic to see the process from start to finish, with students actively involved in everything from designing the Rover robots to coding them and then demonstrating their simulation,” he said.

“Having the opportunity to introduce advanced resources in our school means we are able to keep students on the ‘front foot’ in terms of meeting Digital and Design Technolgy Curriculum requirements.

“Resources are vital to achieve these goals and we are hoping to apply for a grant again this year to further enhance our program – allowing our students to tackle new and exciting projects.” 

Cedar Woods Senior Development Manager, Peter Starr,said the Neighbourhood Grants were a great way to support the efforts of those in the local community, and the company was proud to have funded  the program nationally for the past 10 years. 

To be eligible for a grant, community groups must be non-profit organisations, who have been in operation for more than 12 months. 

Groups located in the suburbs of Upper Kedron, Ferny Grove, The Gap, Arana Hills, Keppera, Ferny Hills, Everton Hills and Mitchelton are eligble to submit applications. 

Applications open on 29 April, 2019, and close on 24 May, 2019. 

Judges from a committee of community representatives will review submissions and Cedar Woods will announce the successful applicants in June 2019. 

To apply for the 2019 Neighbourhood Grants please visit www.ellendale.com.au/neighbourhood-grants

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