Elonera Montessori School will soon run a series of free, hands-on robotics sessions for children and young adults who are refugees and/or living with disability.
The independent school in Mount Ousley is able to do this after its robotics team received $5000 in prizes for winning the education category of the 2019 Canon Grants Program.
Elonera Montessori School head Sabine Adigun said the grant will provide cameras, projectors and printers to help participants get the most out of each session, including photographs and recordings that can act as tools for ongoing education.
She said the Elonera Montessori robotics students were excited to be Canon Oceania Grant recipients this year in the education category.
We believe that robotics can offer students fun and engaging opportunities to feel connected, fostering a sense of belonging.Elonera Montessori School head Sabine Adigun
"Our high-school robotics team is really passionate about how STEM can help overcome barriers for disadvantaged groups," Ms Adigun said.
"The Canon Grant will provide camera equipment, a projector and printer to help support community outreach activities delivering and recording robotics lessons for students with disabilities as well as running workshops for refugee families.
"We believe that robotics can offer students fun and engaging opportunities to feel connected, fostering a sense of belonging."
In the 13 years since the program launched, Canon has offered almost $400,000 in grants to over 75 schools and not-for-profit groups to help them maximise their impact on the environment, education and society.