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Arduino: cars of the future

Workshop overview

Year level 8-10
Capacity 16-32 students. If you want to bring more students, email stemworkshops@qut.edu.au
When School days: Monday-Friday
Duration Full day
Where QUT Gardens Point, Science and Engineering Centre
Cost

Free (Late cancellation fees apply. Please refer to Terms and Conditions.)

Workshop details

This beginner to intermediate level workshop introduces students to the basics of programming logic and processes, but then extends students to navigate a driverless car round a track.

Students are introduced to microcontrollers and their place in the real world. They learn the basics of programming language, terminology and formalities, such as libraries, variables, for loops, if statements, syntax and pseudocode, and apply their knowledge to program an LED to blink.

In the afternoon students look at the ethics of driverless cars, the pros and cons, and how QUT is participating in these exciting technologies. Students are then guided through programming the motors and sensors of their line-following robot, and testing their code on the track. The afternoon concludes with a race between teams to see who has the fastest lap time around the track!

This workshop is available in Arduino or Python programming languages.

Topics covered in this workshop:

  • coding
  • electrical engineering
  • algebra
  • physics.

Book this workshop

You can request a booking for this full-day workshop. You can also add a 30-minute interactive experience at The Cube to your visit.

All bookings are subject to availability of university spaces and presenters

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Curriculum links

Year 8

Digital Technologies

  • Implement and modify programs with user interfaces involving branching, iteration and functions in a general-purpose programming language (ACTDIP030)
  • Investigate how digital systems represent text, image and audio data in binary (ACTDIK024)

Mathematics

  • Describe events using language of 'at least', exclusive 'or' (A or B but not both), inclusive 'or' (A or B or both) and 'and' (ACMSP205)

Science

  • Solutions to contemporary issues that are found using science and technology, may impact on other areas of society and may involve ethical considerations (ACSHE135)

Year 9

Digital Technologies

  • Design algorithms represented diagrammatically and in structured English and validate algorithms and programs through tracing and test cases (ACTDIP040)
  • Implement modular programs, applying selected algorithms and data structures including using an object-oriented programming language (ACTDIP041)

Year 10

Digital Technologies

  • Design algorithms represented diagrammatically and in structured English and validate algorithms and programs through tracing and test cases (ACTDIP040)
  • Implement modular programs, applying selected algorithms and data structures including using an object-oriented programming language (ACTDIP041)

Science

  • Advances in scientific understanding often rely on technological advances and are often linked to scientific discoveries (ACSHE192)

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