Galen’s STEM Expo another great success
THE Galen Cathoic College STEM Expo was held last Wednesday, August 16, and was another huge success.
With a focus on sustainable practices, the expo saw a variety of exhibits which used some of the latest science and technology built for the purpose of creating a better world for the future.
Exhibitors came from far and wide and included GoTafe, Charles Sturt University, The University of Melbourne, Auggd, the Australian Defense Force, Spark Engineering Camp, AgEagle, Holmesglen/ FutureTech and many more.
GoTafe’s exhibit’s were even more impressive than last year, with a 3D printed robotic arm and the 3D printer itself on display.
The printer was busy creating miniature models with an impressive amount of detail and fidelity that really showcased just how good the technology was becoming.
But of particular note was their reformable, topographic map.
This nifty apparatus consisted of a sandbox, a kinect camera, and a monitor displaying the map.
A user was able to manipulate the sand into hills and gullies and the kinect camera would readjust the topographic map, updating it to show the new rise and troughs, and it even displayed where water would pool.
I’m told such a device can be used for the purpose of planning irrigation.
And on the subject of farming and land management, AgEagle’s drone was back.
The drone is built for the purpose of taking near-infrared aerial images of crops to monitor crop health.
Then there was Patrick from local business ‘Jewellers Coworking and Tech Hub’ who had a great mini- ’Pinkhouse’.
For those who don’t know, (I certainly didn’t), a Pinkhouse is a super-efficient indoor greenhouse for the purpose of growing plants.
Those versed in the nature of the light spectrum might recognize the fact that most plants are green, and thus absorb pink light at a higher rate due them being complementary colours.
And, of course, there were the robots.
Everyone’s favourite Gangnamdancing robot Nao was back, getting his groove on as usual, along with Sphero and Ollie, the remote control bots.
Holmesglen/Futuertech were back again too, with another electric car on display and a heap of information about the courses they run for interested students.
It’s great to see Galen and our other local schools continue to promote STEM and highlight some terrific career pathways for local students.
FOCUS ON STEM: Students from local schools were able to check out some great STEM displays and workshops last Wednesday.