Hedland Senior High School STEM Coordinator Charles Bradshaw followed something of a family custom when he relocated to the northwest to work at the High School four years ago.
“It’s a tradition almost, for my family to spend time in the northwest of Australia. My grandfather was a surveyor who worked here in the 60s and 70s and my grandmother was a regional nurse. My father also worked in Darwin for a time, and my uncle had a boating business in Broome, which is where I spent most of my childhood holidays.”
Charles, who was born in the UK and grew up in South Africa and Sydney, requested to come to Hedland through Teach for Australia, a not-for-profit organisation which aims to address educational inequity in Australia.
He holds a Bachelor of Science specialising in genetics and human evolution and completed his Master of Education while teaching at Hedland Senior High School.
“Over the years I’ve taught in Science, Maths, in the Engagement space at the Welcome Centre, and I’ve taken the High School’s ATAR subjects,” Charles said.
“I also started the school’s Robotics Program for Years 9 and 10. The program began as an after-school Robotics Club. When I became the STEM coordinator at the School, I wanted to make that learning opportunity more widely accessible to students,” he said.
“It’s an exciting program to run. It teaches the students coding, ICT, and electronics through Arduino and EV3 Mindstorm systems. As the students progress through the program, they’re building different and more complex robots.”
Charles is also part of STEM Fest, a Hedland Senior High School program working to introduce students and the community to the School’s Science, Maths, and Technology subjects through a series of interactive presentations; as well as a move by the High School toward more applicable, project-based learning.
“With science and robotics, you’re teaching procedural thinking and problem solving. It’s a design and engineering process that asks students to brainstorm, collaborate, critically analyse, and break a problem down into its components, and that’s a useful skill in any area of your life,” Charles said.
“At the core of science is investigating what you’re interested in and learning to inform yourself about the world around you. That’s an important skill for navigating the world and making informed choices.”
Thank you Charles, for bringing such innovation and dynamism to Hedland Senior High School. We look forward to all your future endeavours at the High School.