Extension program opens young minds at school

MRIS Innovators Teacher, Rob Glass with Year 6 students Oliver Milward and Chia Desbaux.

MRIS Innovators Teacher, Rob Glass with Year 6 students Oliver Milward and Chia Desbaux.

Sparking student creativity and critical thinking, Margaret River Independent School's extension program, Innovations, is now in its fifth year.

Run by former student parent, Rob Glass, the weekly sessions with the Years 4, 5 and 6 students introduce a wide range of subjects and theories from Archimedes Screw to solar power.

A Process Engineer specialising in liquified natural gas, Rob guides the students to question and investigate theories and concepts whilst nurturing entrepreneurship.

Consisting of critical thinking activities, and real-world discussions that promote higher order thinking skills, the program allows students to analyse information and find solutions to problems. Geography, science and mathematics are integrated into the program.

Principal Wendy Roediger said Innovations was similar to Gifted & Talented programs running in other schools but was available to all students.

"We want equity for all our students. Testing doesn't reveal all the students who will go on to be our society's most critical and creative thinkers and those who will excel in entrepreneurial areas later in life,"she said.

"Innovations is all about stimulating students' interests and passions to explore their world."