Hi-tech is child’s play at Parkhurst

HE’S only seven, but Jackson Broom already has a grasp of technology that would baffle many adults.

The year two student says he wants to engineer cruise liners and he’s going to the right school to get a head start for his ambitions.

Parkhurst State School was named the state’s most innovative school across all of Queensland, for its advanced technology, at the Showcase Award for Excellence in Schools ceremony in Brisbane, winning a total of $26,000.

The school has the most advanced range of technologies including robotics, beebots, green screening, IPODS, a music innovation centre and interactive white-boards. If you don’t know what they are – you’re probably too old.

Work has started on a multimedia building at the school incorporating a cinema, where students can develop their own movie trailers.

Jackson enjoys getting on the net to learn about geography and his maths skills are paying off as he proves to be a star beebot controller.

“We use the computer to make maps and directions for the beebot (programmable floor robot) to follow,” Jackson said.

Principle Lyle Walker said the school was leading the way in technology for Central Queensland.

“We are teaching with state-of-the-art technology students and the school needs for the future. It’s what 21st century kids deserve,” he said.



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