Galen’s STEM Expo an­other great suc­cess

Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - Northeast Jobs - WITH CHRIS FEBVRE, NEM CRE­ATIVE DE­SIGNER cfeb­vre@ne­me­dia.com.au

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.

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