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Design production education area of Rāroa Normal Intermediate School

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Stephen Eames explains how the psychical learning spaces allow for collaboration; contributing to success at Rāroa Normal Intermediate School.

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Title slide: Design production education area of Rāroa Normal Intermediate School

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Filmed at Rāroa Normal Intermediate School

Stephen Eames, Deputy Principal
This is our design production education area of the school.

The front of Rāroa Normal Intermediate School.

Inside the empty DPE area.

The biggest difference that you'll notice is that all these different areas of design production education or DPE are joined together.  Stephen, standing, talking to camera.
So no longer are you having a system where people are working in isolation. When you see these kids working in here, you'll see them inter-mixing between the different areas of DPE. Students working in the DPE area.
The teachers here are working on developing the skills and mindsets as well as helping the students to develop the toolsets, which we talk about, the knowledge that they need to be successful in these different spaces.

Teacher with two students looking at lasercut wood pieces.

Teacher writing on whiteboard:

1 ASPIRE Mindset Goal
Which Mindset?
Which indicators?
How are you going to do it?
2 Finish Challenge 1

So it's a fairly exciting place. A very busy place.
This is called our learning street.
Stephen, standing in DPE area, talking to camera.
We want to have the ideas to shape what's going on in the rooms, not the rooms shaping those ideas. This is a much more collaborative approach, where students are working through complex problems and coming up with a range of solutions to approach that particular challenge. Students working in the DPE area.
This is our visual arts and design room. Three students in large room with tables, benchtop, and sink.
So you'll see they’ve laser cut their outer design and they're working through a range of designs to create their final product. Students working on skateboard projects.
Very individualised based on their passions and what they're interested in and they work with the specialist teachers to get the best from them.  Student on skateboard ramp.
So what we've got here is, we've got our food's room which is all around hospitality and foods. Students working in large room with refrigerators, benchtops, and coffee machine. 
On the right here we've got our industrial design. Open plan room with sign above doorway "The room of curiosity". 
3D printer and computers on desks.
We have a performing arts space.  Stephen, standing in DPE area, talking to camera.
All the way through the street we often have kids doing robotics, and coding, and various other technology based programs.  Students working on robotics in DPE area.
Everything that we do in design production education fits under our aspire to achieve. So under the aspire to achieve the teachers and these kids work through a set of toolsets, which is knowledge that they can apply to their particular concept to make them successful in that room.

Stephen indicating to large banner on wall titled "aspire2achieve".

Teacher with students in DPE area.

Tags: Primary, Upper primary, Cross-curricular, Technology, Student inquiry, Innovative learning environment, Learning design, STEM/STEAM, Integrated curriculum