With the introduction of the Digital Technologies subject being rolled out into Queensland primary schools, I’ve kept rather busy running professional development works for teachers, in order to help them better understand some of the technologies that they will be teaching in classes. Most recently, I ran a couple of workshops for second year students doing their Master’s degree in Education at QUT, at the invitation of Dr. Vinesh Chandra, a senior lecturer in STEM Education.
As part of the Department of Education and Training's STEM Girl Power Camp, tomorrow (October 18th), Loganlea State High School will be hosting the 2017 STEM Girl Ambassador Conference! The day will feature a number of engaging workshops with three inspirational and respected figures across a variety of STEM fields.
If you're you're a female student at Loganlea State High School, and you are interested in science, maths, engineering or technology, then come along for a day of STEM-related fun!
The Fun Palace is a free annual and worldwide celebration of art and science. Every year, it takes place over the first weekend in October. In Queensland, the State Library of Queensland (SLQ), as well as other council libraries around the state, will be running Fun Palace events on 7-8 October. This year, SLQ will be transformed into a dedicated wonderland of scientific inquiry and creativity, as art and science collide. Come along and join the fun!
This year's Robotronica at the Queensland University of Technology revealed some of the latest developments and trends within the field of robotics. Elnaz gives her account of the event, where she bore witness to a variety of demonstrations, workshops, games, and discussions that were informative, inspiring, and surprising in many ways!
Digital literacy is becoming as vital as traditional literacy and numeracy and Thursday Island school students are being introduced to robotics and coding to address this issue.
Primary and secondary school students, as well as members of the public, were given the opportunity to explore, play and learn about coding and robotics over a two-day workshop a couple of weeks ago organised by the Torres Shire Council.
Compared to a lot of other programming languages, Scratch has quite a gentle learning curve. Still, getting started can be a little bit of a doozy if you’ve had zero prior experience with the kind of terminology used in programming. To help you out a bit, we’ve compiled a glossary of terms for new Scratchers!
What are lists?
To give you the short answer, lists are places where you can store information, just like variables. However, there is one key difference between lists and variables; variables can only store one piece of information at a time, whereas lists can store multiple bits of information at a time.
Climate change, evolution, plate tectonics, gravity. What do these things all have in common? They’re often called “just theories” by critics and in a way, they’re right! All of these things, including gravity, are “just” theories, scientific theories. However, what naysayers don’t understand is what exactly is a scientific theory? So, let’s get into it.
This weekend, we — Elnaz and Emily — were judges at Robocup Junior Queensland for the Rescue Challenges. We oversaw two divisions: the Line Follow Rescue, and the Maze Rescue. Last year we gave you tips and tricks for the Line Follow Rescue Challenge; this year, the Maze Rescue Challenge was a new addition to Robocup Junior. From having watched many teams compete at many Maze Challenges, here are our tips and tricks for winning in 2018.