Learning the physics behind our solar system
QUT ambassadors teach students about Kepler's laws of planetary motion before developing their robotic solar system.
Using a tablet, students control different aspects of the spherical robots, such as speed, tilt and colour.
Modelling a solar system
Students use their coding and physics learning to model a solar system with Spheros.
|Capacity||16-32 students. If you want to bring more students, email firstname.lastname@example.org|
|When||School days: Monday-Friday|
|Where||QUT Gardens Point, Science and Engineering Centre|
Students work together to create an orbiting robotic solar system using Sphero robots in this exciting introduction to coding.
Students will investigate the relationships between planet mass, orbit, orbital speed, and distance from the sun. They will learn the basic principles of programming using Sphero's drag and drop interface, to design and model a robotic solar system that reflects Kepler's three laws of satellite motion.
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Technology - Digital Technologies
- Implement and modify programs with user interfaces involving branching, iteration and functions in a general-purpose programming language (ACTDIP030)
- Predictable phenomena on Earth, including seasons and eclipses, are caused by the relative positions of the sun, Earth and the moon (ACSSU115)
- Construct and use a range of representations, including graphs, keys and models to represent and analyse patterns or relationships in data using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS129), (ACSIS144)
- Investigate the relationship between features of circles such as circumference, area, radius and diameter. Use formulas to solve problems involving circumference and area (ACMMG197)
- The universe contains features including galaxies, stars and solar systems, and the Big Bang theory can be used to explain the origin of the universe (ACSSU188)
- The motion of objects can be described and predicted using the laws of physics (ACSSU229)
- People use scientific knowledge to evaluate whether they accept claims, explanations or predictions, and advances in science can affect people's lives, including generating new career opportunities (ACSHE194)
- Analyse patterns and trends in data, including describing relationships between variables and identifying inconsistencies (ACSIS169), (ACSIS203)
- Plan and manage projects using an iterative and collaborative approach, identifying risks and considering safety and sustainability (ACTDIP044)
- Explore the connection between algebraic and graphical representations of relations such as simple quadratics, circles and exponentials using digital technology as appropriate (ACMNA239)