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Schools Students Set to Unleash the Power of the Intel® Galileo

Students and teachers at schools across New South Wales are aiming to solve real world problems and drive sustainability with innovations made possible by the Intel® Galileo developmental computer.

As part of an Australia wide seeding program more than 300 mini sensory computers have been put in the hands of student makers. Inspired by teachers who believe in the power of innovation, creation and entrepreneurship in the classroom, the projects have only been limited by students imagination.

Whilst still in the planning stages here are some of the ideas students and teachers have put forward:

“After discussing the state of our school playground, a group of students came up with the idea of making our bins more exciting to use. We also have some very cleaver cockatoos who love to get into the bin after school and make an absolute mess. When throwing around ideas with my students we came to the conclusion we could make both a display “thanks” led sign that lights up when the bin is lifted and a small siren which also goes off when the bin is lifted. We are planning to use the photocell as our sensor as it will detect when the bin lid is open. We also have some small solar panel sensors to be able to power the led lights and siren. The students are planning to use moldable plastic to be able to house the led lights, siren and Galileo board. ”
Samantha David, Teacher, Leumah Public School

“At Robert Townson HS, I am intending to incorporate the Galileo with a 3D printer into a Yr7 Technology Mandatory project. Students will have to design and produce a decorative LED lamp using a 3D printer. We will then use the Galileo to make the lamp respond to changes in music / light.”
Anthony Essex, Teacher Robert Townson High School

“I have developed a program of study for year 8 Technology Mandatory focused on home automation. The program goes through 3 phases. Phase 1 students measure up, hand sketch their home plan, then using some software (Sketchup, ArchiCad, etc..) create and print out an A3 sized floor plan, which they stick to some foam boards and construct the walls from foam board. Phase 2 students work on developing and implementing a wiring plan and power source for the house model. Phase 3 students utilise galileo’s power to implement automation ideas to their house with a view to improving home energy efficiency and quality of life.”
Ghamdan El-Miski, Teacher, Bossley Park High School

At Intel we are eagerly following the journey of these pioneering educators and look forward to sharing their success with you during 2015.

Would you like to learn more about the Intel® Galileo and how it can inspire the innovators of tomorrow in your classroom? Take a look at the Innovation ToolBox powered by Intel for a hub of resources by educators for educators. From a getting started guide produced by the experts at Macquarie ICT Innovations centre to links to communities of practice to support and inspire. Join the conversation today and see where the Intel ® Galileo and your students imagination can take you!