Over the past two days St Joseph’s has been exposed to the NAO (now) Robots. These are an educational tool which assists students in many ways, from learning languages, coding, STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) or STEAM (A stands for the Arts). One of the important reasons for having Robots in a school is the preparation of students for the future. The recent report titled 'Preparing young people for the future of work' said that “the basic model of education has not changed as much as the changes in society.” The warning coincides with a new report by the Mitchell Institute, which showed that many students are not graduating from school with the skills they need to become successful adults
Report author Megan O’Connell said that unless schools broaden learning objectives, many students will fail to become capable and successful adults - putting Australia’s social and economic wellbeing at risk. She says, “Our education system was formed in the manufacturing era, it was not designed to teach students how to navigate complex environments and many careers. Young people need different skill sets to what is taught in the traditional curriculum if they are to thrive in high-tech, global and competitive job markets.”
The report says debate in Australian education has changed from whether 21st century capabilities are worthwhile and can be taught, to now accepting their value and trialling how to teach and assess them.
One way is to embed capabilities like independence, creativity, critical thinking, innovation, and curiosity and communication skills in school curricula.
“Young people need to bring more than knowledge to the modern workforce. If you struggle to solve problems, collaborate or come up with new ideas, you won’t fare well in today’s or tomorrow’s job markets.” The NAO Robots is only one way we can engage students but also start the thinking and learning skills for the future.