Selwyn House is a girls’ school. A lot of girls think that science and technology subjects are the domain of boys, and we want them to challenge that belief, so every girl at Selwyn House from Year 1 to 8 takes part in our innovative Mechatronics programme.
Mechatronics is a subject that teaches mechanical and electrical knowledge and skills together, within the context of a project the girls complete themselves. It is high- tech, hands-on, deeply motivating, rich and authentic. The students are supported by two specialist teachers in a collection of well-appointed technology rooms that come complete with 3D printers, Lego robot kits, Apple TVs, programmable microcontrollers, workshop tools and many other resources that help them build their own devices and gadgets.
The learning is not in isolation because nothing in life is isolation. Mechatronics mixes the creative with the scientific and shows our students that, just because they’re learning something in Maths, doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have anything to do with Science or Art. It answers the question of why we need to learn Maths, Art and Science in the first place, and how these subjects could be useful in later life.
In addition to this, a standalone 3D printer sits in the library, ready for the girls to use at any time the creative impulse takes them.