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Tinker Kit Expo

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(Photo from the Bachelor of Transdisciplinary Innovation Mini Play Day)

Our most popular class! The Expo is a taster activity for the Tinker Kits where students can experiment and play with different technologies. Students rotate through different technology stations in groups, completing activities and reflecting on what they experienced. This activity encourages group work, curiosity and play, while exposing students to technologies like simple circuitry, drag and drop code, robotics and virtual reality.

We have run this session for Bachelor of Technology and Innovation, Bachelor of Creative Intelligence students, Digital literacies FASS students and academic staff events.

Data collection, robots and coding for mathematics

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Mathematics Teaching Methods (013415) 

Graphing skills in mathematics are often taught with data taken out of context, and therefore the process of graphing and charting information lacks meaning and depth. Library staff worked with School of Education to develop a workshop to combined science, robotics and mathematics skills to make connections between how data is collected and then analysed.

Students worked in groups to run experiments in collecting data about the environment using the science journal app, or through programming our sphero robots. They then exported the data, cleaned, and graphed it in Excel. Each group presented back to the class about their activities, their graphs and reflected on how they could adapt the lesson in their teaching.