Luna Pandiella-McLeod is a Year 6 student of St.Finbar's Primary School who is passionate about STEAM and design thinking. She is a Girl Guide, Coder and micro hacker, often taking part in community events such as RHOK Sydney (Random Hacks of Kindness) to help solve authentic problems alongside UX designers and computer programmers.
She enjoys using design thinking in the Makerspace to work on challenging STEAM projects because it allows for creative thinking and inventiveness. Learning in a Makerspace has given her great confidence and opportunities to learn about computer science, engineering and the role of empathy in the real world. Luna believes all girls must resist the stereotype and be encouraged to pursue their dreams in the area of STEAM.
Luna, together with her Maker Mentors from school have presented their work at the Australian Catholic University and hosted an Eat, Pray, Make session for parents and teachers.
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