Saint Ignatius College Geelong

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    Tinker Time

    Article by Mr Brenton Reid

    Tinker Time

    Over the past week, students from Year 7 Carroll, Coudere, Licona, Ricci and Strada attended a Tech Taster at the Geelong Tech School called ‘Tinker Time’. 

    The full day program required students to create an automated mini golf course using, cardboard and the Hummingbird microcontroller.  The students began the day with a briefing followed by research and design of their golf course.  While designing, they needed to make sure that they included the required components, a DC motor, servo motor and LEDs.  

    It was great to see the room buzzing with students working productively while creating imaginative mini golf courses.  Some examples of what the students built included; windmills, Ferris Wheels, conveyor belts and see-saws, all with flashing lights.  After the students made their courses, the instructor of the program tried to complete their hole before having the students explain what worked well, what they had trouble with and how they overcame the problems.  It was a fantastic day that allowed students to be creative and to develop their skills with Digital Technologies. 

    A big thank you to Mr Moody, Mr Nash and Mr Reid for accompanying the classes.

    Brenton Reid  Learning Area Leader: Digital Technology

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