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Technology centre opens doors to digital future

10/26/2018 11:00:31 AMVisitors: 451

<p>Getting students set for a fast-changing digital world has seen state of the art technology become part of school life.</p> <p>From robotics to <strong>3D-printers</strong> and laser cutting, students at the <strong>Marlborough Technology Centre</strong> in <strong>Blenheim </strong>had access to some of the newest equipment on offer.</p> <p>A behind the scenes look at the latest tech skills for students is set to get under way next week.</p> <p>About 1000 pupils from 15 different schools visit the centre every year.</p> <p>Putting a modern day twist on traditional teaching has helped students uncover possible career options, said associate principal <strong>Paul Sainsbury</strong>.</p> <p>"The world of technology is changing so much and what we are teaching is helping students go into a digital world.</p> <p>"They always need to be conscious that they are going to have to deal with technology. What we are trying to do is show innovation by demonstrating opportunities to provide solutions to problems and issues," he said.</p> <p>The centre boasted facilities to teach all areas of the <strong>New Zealand</strong> curriculum.</p> <p>Subjects range from materials technology (<strong>textiles, wood, metal, and plastics</strong>), <strong>biotechnology</strong>, <strong>food technology</strong>, <strong>electronics </strong>and <strong>control</strong>, <strong>digital technology</strong>, <strong>structures </strong>and <strong>mechanisms </strong>and production and process technology.</p> <p>Pupils from schools across Marlborough visit the centre every week.</p> <p><strong>Sainsbury</strong> said the centre, which opened in 2000, was "quite far ahead" when it came to the equipment on offer.</p> <p>"In terms of innovation and curriculum, we are probably one of the best in the country."</p> <p>A special opening evening for the community will be held at the <strong>McLauchlan St </strong>site from 5.50pm to 8pm on October 24.</p> <p>People will get the chance to tour the facility and watch students at work. Businesses such as <strong>NMIT</strong>, <strong>Marlborough Lines</strong> and engineering and manufacturing firm <strong>Cuddons Ltd</strong> will also be on hand.</p> <p>"People go to parent evenings but don't often get a chance to see what we do here and the context in which we teach.</p> <p>"The skills they learn here, they use in the classroom as well.</p> <p>"But it doesn't just stop at the classroom," he said.&nbsp;</p> <p>"What they're learning extends to the skills they need in the real world. Technology is all about solving problems, and fulfilling needs or opportunities."</p>

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