Over the last few months Intel® Education Australia and the team from Macquarie ICT Innovations Centre have been roving across Australia delivering professional learning and inspiration to get students and teachers making and innovating in the classroom with the Intel® Galileo Development board. In late April the roadshow hit Victoria with a workshop in the heart of Melbourne.
Supported by the awesome Digital Learning team at the Victorian Department of Education, led by Senior Project Officer Marc Blanks, this project aims to provide equip teachers to harness the potential of the new Digital Technologies Curriculum through invention and creation with technology.
What is the Intel® Galileo?
The Intel® Galileo is a development board computer that enables makers, students and teachers to link virtual computing with a physical device. The potential of the Galileo could be likened to many automated home devices such as an alarm system. This gives student the potential to create a device that will cause lights to flash and a buzzer to sound if a sensor detects movement, or the lights go out….all based upon the code entered….and this is just the beginning.
To begin with the group explored the basics of electrical circuits, understanding the role of resistors, batteries and the all important ground. From there the participants started to get creative connecting the Intel® Galileo to the Arduino programming language to make some magic happen.
Some teams created a light show, others a speed test with a buzzer and lights and others a darkness activated night light. All crews walked away with an Intel® Galileo, a kit of electrical parts and an Educators Handbook which provides the basis for a whole host of National Curriculum aligned activities.
This professional learning session is designed to give teachers the tools to feel confident in introducing technologies such as the Intel® Galileo in to their innovation classroom. Within the context of a student centred, inquiry driven lesson the Intel® Galileo can aid in solving a real world problem and opening up a world of opportunity to students. In addition it provides a physical bridge for learners to see the application of their coding skills in something real and tangible. As many on the day put it….with the Intel® Galileo the students are now truly only limited by their imagination.
From here we hope to see the participants contribute lesson plans, case studies, videos and experiences of their and their students curriculum aligned journey with the Intel® Galileo.
Intel® Education Australia is keen for more schools and student inventors to get innovating, creating and inventing in the classroom, as a result they have released an online hub for teachers keen to nurture the next generation of entrepreneurs and engineers the “Innovation ToolBox.” This hub provides examples, videos, resources, lesson plans and links to get you and your students making in the classroom.
As a bonus the Intel Galileo® Educators Guide is able to be viewed and downloaded free of charge from the Innovation ToolBox, and there are links to our community of practice to ensure all pioneers have access to a supportive community base.
In addition if your school is interested in running a Galileo Training session, contact the dedicated crew at Macquarie ICT innovations Centre: http://bit.ly/GalileoPL
Overall the whole team walked away inspired by the drive and determination of the teachers from across Victoria and the plans of the centralized team. The Intel® Education crew would like to thank all teachers involved, the awesome Dr. Sarah Boyd from Macquarie ICT Innovations Centre, Marc Blanks and his crew from the Victorian Department of Education and the entire team at our venue for the day The Library @ the Dock in Docklands, Melbourne. Let’s get Innovating!