University of Adelaide Tech School is a two day invitational event hosted by the School of Computer Science. The event includes workshops to introduce programming using animation and robotics, to test our critical thinking abilities through puzzle based learning.
Students (and their teachers) get to explore and solve problems through practical hands-on activities. The aim is to give students a quick taste of the type of creative problem-solving activities found in computer science.
The Woodville HS Digital Leaders had a great time exploring the possibilities and pathways of a Computer Science degree and both groups were victorious in the Robot Sumo Cup Challenge.
A group of young women from the Digital Leaders group visited the University of Adelaide on Thursday for the annual Young Women in Technology Experience. This event, which is now in its 10th year, exposes young women to all opportunities and career pathways offered through engineering. The group spent the day exploring hands on activities and lectures from leading female (and male) academics and industry professionals.
The sessions included:
> Chemical Engineering
> Electromagnetic Modelling
> Computer Sciences
> Civil Engineering
> Mathematic Science
> Electrical Engineering and
> Petrolium Engineering
Each session had its own exciting activity, give the girls (and teachers) a chance to explore and create. Undoubtable, the highlight of the day was civil engineering activity which asked groups to create a structure that would with stand a simulated earthquake!
The structures were made from straws, wood skewers, blu-tack, string and rubberbands and had to hold a marble while place on the earthquake simulator.
In an (almost) unanimous decision, the students convincingly beat the teachers making a far more stable and attractive structure. (pictures below)
Big thanks the students who did their school proud and the University of Adelaide for hosting the event!
On Monday of Week 3, James from Academy of Interactive Entertainment held a presentation for all Woodville HS student interested in pursuing Video Game Making and Computer Programming as a career pathway.
AIE and Woodville High will be running game making and programming as a VET pathway as of next year and James took this opportunity to inspire and inform any students who may be interested in taking part.
The presentation covered all areas that AIE off, including design, animation, programming and visual effects. AIE graduates have gone onto work on some of the biggest movie animation and video game design teams on the planet, so we are very excited to be working with them next year.
If you missed the presentation and would like more information, see Ms Probert or Mr Semmens in the Learning Hub!
On the Tuesday and Wednesday of week 11 term 1 we went into the city via train to the Hawke building on the UniSA campus. At the conference we talked about digital citizenship with other schools. The other schools consisted of Urrbrae HS, Wirreanda HS and of course, Woodville HS.
Digital citizenship is a persons presence online and the devices they use. At the conference many things were discussed such as what we we want to learn about online safety and when we wanted it to happen. Also we discussed why we need to learn about this topic and the effects it brings to our daily lives. Some of the things we did to investigate the subject were making infographics, Listing ideas on Stormboard, filling out mini surveys and involving conversations with the entire group.
In one of the many talks a big majority of the students agreed to the fact that too many people in our world today spend too much time of there devices and social media. Another thing we did was write a letter to the principal of our school telling them how we want to be taught about Digital Citizenship. The letter we wrote may change how lessons are structured around the topic. A lot of people agreed that we should help our parents to learn how to use technology so that the future generation will be monitered on the internet. Some of the things that were good were the engaging discussions on online safety and the laws of the internet.
Overall the two days we were at the conference were an enjoyable way to discuss and plan important factors of digital citizenship. We hope that topics we discussed will be widely recognised and understood by all different age groups.
- Mitchell, Finn, Jamie and Owen
Last week I put the call out to any Woodville High School students interested in becoming Digital Leaders. The response was amazing with over 30 students rushing to the Learning Hub to sign up and be part of the school’s inaugural team of young people passionate about technology and change.
Students were asked to provide their name, homegroup and the three areas of ICT they are most interested in. The responses covered all areas of the digital world; media, coding, gaming, social media, digital imaging, 3D printing and graphics were just a few.
This database will then be used to identify students to be involved in a range of projects both on and offsite.
The Learning Hub Team have created partnerships with the University of Adelaide Outreach program and Digital Leaders from other schools, such as Urrbrae HS and Wirreanda HS, to provide students with a technology experience outside of their direct environment.
Our first project started Wednesday this week – designing the Learning Hub Media Room. The vision for the Media Room was a state of the art space that provided an opportunity for green screen filming, high quality sound and professional lighting which could be transferred to both iMovie and industry standard software.
The Leaders immediately took over total ownership of the space, planning the green screen and lighting needs. After some internet research and lots of ‘trial and error’ measuring, the team made some recommendations for what the school needed to create a functional space.
Purchases will be made next week and hopefully the equipment will arrive soon, so watch this space!
The Media Room is just one of the exciting projects already planned for the Leaders.
Starting in Week 6, our Digital Leaders interested in sound and filming will be recording a short documentary on the ICT upgrade of our Special Interest Music Centre to share their amazing use of innovative technology.
A group Leaders will also be attending a Digital Citizenship summit at the Adelaide University, collaborating with both Wirreanda and Urrbrae Digital Leaders to create a school resource on Digital Citizenship from the student perspective.
So inspiring to work with these young people passionate about technology and change!
eLearning Senior Leader
The Woodville High School Digital Leaders will be working collaborative to engage with innovative technologies, share knowledge and resources and support ICT integration throughout the school.