Research and Next Centre opened at Canterbury College

Canterbury College has officially opened its new tech based digital hub to enrich student learning.

The Research and Next Centre was opened on July 27 by Member for Waterford Shannon Fentiman.

Students from kindergarten to year 12 are set to utilise the school funded space that delivers virtual reality programs, a surface studio, robotics equipment, 3D printers and other innovative technology.

Head of College Donna Anderson said the goal was create the opportunities for students to further develop skills of collaboration, creativity, communication and critical thinking.

“The centre is called the Research and Next Centre because what we are trying to develop here is not relating students to the now, not relating students to the new but giving them tasters of the next,” she said.

“As well as the traditional academic knowledge and skills, employers are now demanding employees that are innovative, collaborative, creative, and have a working knowledge of new technologies.

“As the world around us changes rapidly our schools must also change to best prepare students for the world that they will enter after they graduate.”

Mrs Anderson said could accommodate more than 200 students.

“They are individual and collaborative working environments that address twenty first century learning and engagement,” she said.

“The centre was designed to engage students in content and to aid with conceptual understanding of subject matter.

“Our hub houses some of the best educational technology available.

“It is also being used by extracurricular groups such as the Google CS First Coding Club, the Young ICT Explorers, Drone Club and the F1 Challenge Team.”