NEW PROGRAM: QubeRider co-founder Solange Cunin (centre) with students Caleb Barker, Scott Rose, Grace Spies and Kirsten Scott at a workshop at Grafton Library.
NEW PROGRAM: QubeRider co-founder Solange Cunin (centre) with students Caleb Barker, Scott Rose, Grace Spies and Kirsten Scott at a workshop at Grafton Library. Adam Hourigan

Local schools embrace QubeRider program

EX-SOUTH Grafton High School student Solange Cunin has come home to help motivate students from her former school and Grafton High School in science, technology, engineering and maths.

Miss Cunin's new program QubeRider gives students the opportunity to be involved in a space mission and learn practical skills for new industries.

"Things like coding, data analysis and even creative and critical thinking are all skills that point blank the industry needs and the curriculum doesn't support them fully," Miss Cunin said, highlighting what the program could offer.

QubeRider is designed to help teachers give students the tools they need to succeed in the future.

Miss Cunin said it was important students weren't choosing between their friends and learning so programs like QubeRider needed to be integrated into the classroom.

"They are going to learn from at least three different teachers across the three different faculties of science, technology and maths so it's a very new way of teaching," Grafton High School science head teacher Lisa Hill said. South Grafton and Grafton High were the first rural schools to take part in QubeRider.

South Grafton High School science head teacher Mark Blundell said opportunities like this didn't come to rural areas often.

"Grafton and South Grafton High Schools have really jumped on board and committed significant funds for the program to get up and going," Mr Blundell said.

South Grafton student Caleb Barker said programs like QubeRider gave students the opportunity to discover careers they didn't know existed.

"It's going to help up with the future because technology is advancing in many different ways," Grafton High School student Grace Spies said.

Mr Blundell said students who didn't get the opportunity to go to university program days would benefit.

"It hopefully prepares them better for university by giving them a real world context into what they are studying," he said.



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