Students at YRTS engage in real world challenges and are exposed to a range of technological systems, processes and technologies. These systems, processes and technologies fall across a number of domains or spheres of knowledge and address the variety of ways in which technology is engaged in both industry and the real world.
Year 8 Project Challenges
Y8CH1: High Tech Hospital
You have been put in charge of helping to create a high-tech children’s wing at the Maroondah Hospital. This includes improving not only the functionality of the hospital but also patient morale. The overall idea is to use new technologies to make the hospital more enjoyable for staff, parents and patients. In Design Brief 1, you will program the Robotis Bioloid Premium robot, and in Design Brief 2, you will use LittleBits Electronics components to build a system.
Water pipes can sometimes become blocked. This can be due to tree roots penetrating pipes, build-up of fats, oils, waste, litter, or debris. When blockages occur, they need to be dealt with promptly. You have been asked to design a robot that can crawl through pipes to inspect and assess problem areas. The inspection will inform the technician of the appropriate rectification works required. To help you design your robot, you will look to nature for inspiration in your design; this is the study of biomimicry (e.g. the movement of insects over terrain and limbs to manipulate objects). In Design Brief 1, you will use the C-language to program a RINGO2 Arduino robot to traverse a maze that simulates the pipework. In Design Brief 2, you will use Autodesk Maya3D CAD software to design a computerised virtual robot, and visualise your design using the Oculus Rift Virtual Reality (VR) goggles.
Year 9 Project Challenges
Y9CH1: Sustanable Housing
The Government has contracted you to provide advice on making homes more energy efficient. You must develop and present a prototype of your house design using building materials that optimise energy efficiencies whilst minimising cost. that can be used to help improve energy efficiency in the home. In Design Brief 1, you will use the Science and Technology Education Leveraging Relevance (STELR) Sustainable Housing kit from the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) STELR. In Design Brief 2, you will design a house using Autodesk MAYA 3D CAD software and visualise the design using Oculus Rift Virtual Reality (VR) goggles.
Y9CH2: Wearable Technologies
Wearable technologies allow consumers to incorporate useful gadgets and devices into their clothing and accessories. You are to design a wearable product for a specific audience. In designing the product, you need to consider the design elements and functions of the technology, as well as methods for mass production of the completed product. For Design Brief 1, you will use LittleBits Electronics with an Arduino microcontroller. For Design Brief 2, you will use Ultimaker 3D Extended printer, IronCAD and CURA software.
Y9CH3: Rooftop Farming Automation
A busy city restaurant, Urban Space, has acquired the space on top of their building. Urban Space is on the ground floor of a 25-storey high rise. The manager is hoping to use the space on the rooftop to grow produce for the restaurant below. For Design Brief 1, you will use a Raspberry Pi processor to maximise the efficiency of your farming operations whilst ensuring the best quality produce.