The 2018 Young Innovator Awards Intermediate category winners from Aquinas College were rewarded for all their hard work when they spent a day out of the classroom to be inspired and impressed by visiting three local, internationally competitive companies that are using cutting edge technology right here in the Bay. Visits to Robotics Plus, Trimax and RAM3D showed the students the relevance of studying mathematics and science and that failure is exciting and valuable as this is when you get to learn about why something doesn’t work and how to improve it. The girls on the trip got really excited when they learned that there was a desire by innovative businesses to attract more females.
Student, Finley Jones said that the YiA field trip was an experience that he would remember for a long time and that he particularly enjoyed the hands-on activities. Sarah Edwards enjoyed watching the 3D printing in layers, while Caitlin Farrell found the trip very interesting and as she had learnt a lot about what goes on behind the scenes in big companies that design and make things.
As a result of this unique opportunity made possible by entering YiA their teacher, Jenny Livingstone, said that her students had gained a lot of knowledge and insight into how the Design Thinking Process is applied in the ‘real world’ and she felt that this information would be very valuable for her students when entering the Young innovator Awards again in the future.