Our Tech Hub solution is taking off
Critical to completing some of Ruapehu Whānau Transformation [RWT] team’s current projects, as well as launching several more, the planned technology hub has now found a home.
Project Manager Erena Mikaere-Most is delighted Ruapehu College has agreed to allow the old senior block to be leased from the Ministry of Education allowing the green light to be given to one of the RWT Plan’s most ambitious solutions.
Spatial design work has just begun on transforming the five classrooms, a big common room and associated amenities into a self-funding one-stop technological learning centre and conference facility.
“We’re planning to cater for the needs of the wider community whether you are 100-years-old or four years old.
“The technology labs will be running Computer Science programmes so students can safely learn how to use computers and the internet as well programming, using robots and game and mobile app development.
“There will also be an ‘inventing space – a Fab Lab.
“We are planning for rotating professional development workshops where we’re working alongside local businesses to tailor training packages to help up-skill staff.”
A designated learning centre with support staff is also planned to help those engaged with any extramural studies.
“The Hub will also have facilities for hire, we have to be self supporting and financially viable so we have a number of hot desks for business who come into the area along with meeting and training areas for hire and a conference facility all that are running off a high-speed fibre connection.”
Planning to be open later this year, Ms Mikaere-Most said the Hub would work with whānau and families to connect them with whatever digital learning requirements they have.
“We are also exploring a programme where once a month we would get in a new piece of tech, for example like Google glasses, that people can have a tutu (play) with.
“The reality is no matter what vocation or jobs kids of today are going in to they need to have an understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
“Whether they are on the farm, driving a vehicle, sitting at a computer desk or running their own business, research has found technology is a real lever for success and where used effectively, educational achievement exponentially improves.”