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Science Week at Thornlie Senior High School

Tuesday, 22 September 2020


On Friday 21 August 2020, ECU School of Engineering participated in an outreach engagement event at Thornlie High School, celebrating Australia’s annual National Science Week. The National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology, with more than 1000 events around Australia, including those delivered by universities, schools, research institutions, libraries, museums and science centres.

A team of five staff and PhD students visited Thornlie High School, delivering two exciting activities designed specifically by the School of Engineering as part of their STEM program called CREATE – Creating Real Engineering And Technology Experiences. The event was attended by over 100 students from Year 7 to Year 10, including participation by teachers.

Through hands-on activities, students were given the opportunity to explore the realm of robotics, and learned about the forces and factors of buoyancy in designing a boat. Teams of students competed with each other using JD robots in a “robot fight” in a 2m by 2m arena. The robots were controlled by the students using basic skills such as attack, defend, and voice commands which they learned to program. Students were also challenged to design and build a boat using playdough to test the relationship between water displacement and buoyancy force. The students were completely engaged in the activities and all had lots of fun.


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