Making a difference

January 11, 2018

Drone: Noah Sullivan, Ned Doyle, Sam Decicco, and Cody Deegan show off their creation.

Protecting the vulnerable: Tom Oliver, Angus Bourchier and Elsie Hooper with their safe-house concept.

Thumbs up for the project: Bailey Dawson, Tylah Gray, Emily Jeffs, Jessica Gravener and Liam Collie.

Engaging work: A safe house concept coined by the students of Cobram Secondary College in their #Icanmakeadifference project.

Year 7 and 8 students from Cobram Secondary College have been busy getting creative in an effort to take the ceiling off their learning.

Working in groups, the students had to come up with an idea that would help the local community and then implement a strategy to achieve their goal as part of the head start program.

Assistant principal Kate Bird said the #Icanmakeadifference project was geared around the four Cs of 21st century learning — critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity.

‘‘The whole idea of the project was to take the ceiling off their creativity and focus on intrinsic motivation,’’ she said.

Some of the projects included a medical first-aid drone, a safe house for victims of domestic abuse and a clothing drive for the homeless.

Not only did the work help improve the students’ ability to think laterally, it also helped them form new friendships heading into next year.

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