[ASC-media] Calling ACT teachers and parents with Year 9 students in maths, science, IT
Heather.McEwen at anu.edu.au
Tue Nov 14 04:27:09 CET 2006
**Looking for a fun way to end the school year that is also
educational, makes good use of your time, costs nothing, and is still
entertaining for students who just want the year to be over? These
interactive modules include presentations, film, games and prizes led
by early career researchers and hand-picked undergraduate and
postgraduate students who've taken six months to carefully craft
interesting and fun workshops for Year 9/10 students.
Invite the NICTA Taskforces out to your ACT High School!
The ANU College of Engineering & Computer Science and National ICT
Australia (NICTA) have developed educational workshops covering
robotics, computer vision, probabilities and thermal imaging for high
school students in years 9 and 10.
Each module lasts approximately 50 minutes and can be tailored to
meet school requirements. The modules are designed to be
interactive, small on theory, and big on participation.
Developed by award-winning engineer, Dr Douglas Aberdeen,* and staff
and students of the ANU and NICTA, the aim is to enthuse students
about where studies in maths and physics can take them and open up
the world of possibilities in engineering and computer science.
Have you ever wondered what the first Robot was? What is a Robot
anyway? What are the mathematical and engineering difficulties that
need to be solved? This show takes students through a short history
of robotics, from the 18th century to the near future; including live
demonstrations of why robotics is challenging but of great usefulness
to humankind. In this module students learn of many recent advances
in robotics, but also that we have a long way to go before producing
truly intelligent machines like those we see in the Hollywood movies.
Robots that can see like a bee
How can we build robots that see? How do we get robots to make sense
of what they see? Robot engineers often use human vision as
inspiration for building seeing robots, but humans have very powerful
brains to help with this, and a lot goes on behind the scenes that we
still don't really understand. What can we learn from insects?
Insects have tiny brains in comparison to the human brain, but still
manage to find their way around. Can we build robots that can see
like honeybees? This interactive module examines how robot
engineers use biological inspiration to build better robots that will
eventually be able to see and act completely on their own.
Module 3 (consists of two parts)
Do you wonder how mathematics is useful in the real world? This
module aims to present some basic maths concepts in a fun and easy
way by giving Year 9 and 10 students two mathematical games to play.
One of the games, called “The Horse Race Game” is a dice-rolling
probability game, and emphasizes the advantage of using maths to
solve real-life problems (or in the case, increase the change of
winning a game). The second game, called “The Three Jugs Problem”,
emphasizes the use of mathematical modeling to better understand real
If you could see what I see!
Most of us are familiar with visible light. It is the light that our
eyes can see, namely red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and
violet. Infrared is a type of light that we cannot see with our
eyes. However, we experience infrared light every time we feel the
heat of the sun on our skin. Infrared light tells us information
about an object’s temperature and how much heat it has. In this
module, with the use of an infrared camera, we will carry out various
simple activities to explore how things look using infrared light.
Nil. The Taskforces visit ACT High Schools for free.
Nil. Teachers are only required to set aside a minimum of 1 hour
classroom time and provide a suitable large space for the
demonstration. Teachers (preferably the teacher usually in charge of
students and not a relief teacher) must be with the students
throughout the demonstration.
No of students
Max 30 students per module.
Why book the taskforces?
The NICTA Taskforces are a fun way to end the school year. They may
help teachers and students to look at technology differently.
To book a module for your school contact
Katharine Pierce 6125 6221 Katharine.Pierce at nicta.com.au
For more information about the Taskforces contact
Heather McEwen 6125 6601 Heather.McEwen at anu.edu.au
*Doug Aberdeen is the winner of the ACT/NSW 2006 Young Tall Poppy
Award for communicating science and engineering to high school
students via the NICTA Taskforces <http://www.aips.net.au/tallpoppies>
ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200
T: + 61 2 6125 6601
F: + 61 2 6125 8824
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