From Mars to Antarctica for Gold Coast students Coomera Anglican College, QLD
Visiting the pyramids of Egypt before morning tea, Antarctica after lunch, and an excursion to Mars is all a part of a day for students at Coomera Anglican College with the opening of their newest facility, The Pod. The future-focused centre features the latest in immersive and interactive technology, designed to take learning out of the traditional classroom, with robotics, interactive touch screen displays, 3D printing, writeable walls, a 360 degree climate-controlled immersive environment, smart glass and an indoor drone flying space, making primary students the architects of their learning. The climate controlled, 360 degree Imaginarium is the centrepiece of the new learning facility, featuring six laser projectors and cinema quality surround sound creating a seamless 360 degree sensory experience without the need for wearable technology. Specifically designed for primary students, the climate-control technologies add another dimension to the visual and audio experience to teleport students from the icy cold environments of Antarctica to the sweltering Sahara Desert and even off planet to Mars with the flick of a switch or more accurately with the wave of a wand. Actual footage is fused with computer-generated imagery (CGI) for a realistic and immersive learning experience. Coomera Anglican College Principal Mark Sly said The Pod was a first for any educational facility in Australia, which we believe will meet the needs of our students in a rapidly changing technological landscape. “This new facility is supporting the way we’re changing our approach to learning which is enquiry-based rather than content-based teaching,” Dr Sly said. “In a world where the future of education will soon see virtual and augmented reality, robotics, 3D printing, laser cutting and drones as the norm, we identified the need for a facility that was flexible enough to move and adapt to change, but also have some key design elements to address some of the current and expected technological advances. “With immersive interactive and collaborative learning environments, The Pod will introduce students to future-focused learning, placing this facility at the forefront of the new age of education. “Coomera Anglican College strives to inspire excellence and we believe we have achieved that and more, by inspiring creativity and imagination in our students’ learning and taking learning out of this world.” To take a virtual tour of The Pod, visit the website at www.cac.qld.edu.au/facilities/the-pod.