Archikidz goes bush

Archikidz is a project which aims to introduce children to the idea of engineering and architecture as a career. FILE PHOTO.
Archikidz is a project which aims to introduce children to the idea of engineering and architecture as a career. FILE PHOTO.

The Archikidz project is coming to Cowra, thanks to the help of the hardworking staff and parents at Cowra Public School.

Archikidz is a project which aims to introduce children to the idea of engineering and architecture as a career.

Cowra Public School Principal, Brad Tom, is excited about that the project will be trialled in our region.

"It will encourage the students to think about processes and then to create something," he said.

The school became involved with the Archikidz program after they ran a full year enrichment course based on engineering.

Cowra Public School parent, Phoebe Gower, went to the Archikidz talk in Sydney, and noted that the majority of students involved in the program were exposed to the idea of engineering, design and architecture as a career by their parents.

She also noted that there was no country kids involved.

"Phoebe came back to the school and told myself and Kerry Cole about the full program," Mr Tom said.

"Phoebe was able to facilitate the program through her ongoing 'Corridor Project' and I coordinated with the other schools in the area to get them involved."

A total of 300 students from Cowra Public School, Mulyan Public School, St Raphael's School, Canowindra Public School, St Edwards Primary School, Canowindra High School, Cowra High School, Koorawatha Public School, Wyangala Public School, Greenthorpe Public School and Holmwood Public School will be involved.

"This is a pilot program for Archikidz goes bush and I hope that it spreads across the state," Mr Tom said.

"Unfortunately numbers were limited, however we hope as the program grows, and in future years we will be able to offer it to more students."

The Archikidz project will run over three days, catering for 100 students per day.