It was with great delight that Actura hosted the CASE Advisory School launch event for the first time globally in October. The CASE Advisory School is a cohort of 30 schools across Australia that will participate in a trial, to test and evaluate the effectiveness of the CASE Curriculum and FlipRobot learning kit and provide valuable meaningful feedback. The CASE Advisory School launch events were held in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne and over 50 experienced STEM teachers attended from across Australia. The proceedings included an informal networking opportunity, an address from Actura’s CEO Charles Chung, an address from keynote speaker Nicola Curnow from Code Club and the grand unveiling of the FlipRobot E300 kit.
Actura’s CEO Charles Chung articulated the need for STEM related skills aptly, stating that “75% of the fast-growing occupations in Australia will require STEM related skills”. Nicola Curnow from Code Club claims coding and robotic learning teaches students essential skills such as: “Creativity, programmatic thinking, problem solving, computational thinking, collaboration, ideation and language proficiency.”
The CASE Advisory School launch events allowed teachers to network with other leading STEM teachers, receive their E300 FlipRobot kit and learn the functions of the cloud based solution FlipCloud. Teachers were extremely enthused to receive their FlipRobot E300 and the reception was exceptional. Claire Loh from International Grammar school in Sydney stated excitedly: “I can’t tell you how excited I am for this, this is exactly what we need and now it’s really in our hands!” The key advantages of the FlipRobot product compared to other offerings is the firmware, FlipEyes (personalised expressions), chassis design, variable control board and affordability.
These 25 schools that attended the CASE Advisory School launch are the first schools globally to test the FlipRobot with the CASE Curriculum. These schools are 25 of the most renowned and leading STEM schools in Australia. Actura has recognised that we cannot work independently in the development of FlipRobot and the CASE Curriculum and will be working in collaboration with schools to create the strongest and most relevant curriculum for Australian schools. The Advisory board will now review the curriculum and hardware over the next 12 months, providing meaningful feedback to the Actura education team via the Yammer platform.
Ultimately, the CASE Advisory School launch event was a phenomenal success with all attendees leaving with great inspiration and excitement. In the coming weeks we will have launched across Australia, with launches in Canberra and Melbourne completed successfully.