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Hands On Technology - Macquarie Fields

  • 25 May 2019
  • 9:00 AM
  • 26 May 2019
  • 4:00 PM
  • Macquarie Fields High School


A TWO DAY Professional Development event HOT will run at Macquarie Fields HS on the 25th & 26th May.

Hands On Tech (HOT) are two day immersive sessions that allow you to learn new techniques with experts, required materials and equipment. 

1. Advanced Joinery - 5 person capacity - $750
This course looks at developing moderate joinery skills through making a jig that can be used to maximise student time in construction of their own projects. The jig made of F27 Hardwood, is effectively a false work top that fits into standard workbenches vices (project size 1500x500). Construction skills involve Dovetailing, Mortising and a variation on Breadboard Ends. Participants will receive KDHW, Tail Vice, Veritas Dogs and a specialist chisel.

2. Turning small objects on a timber lathe & General lathe sharpening techniques - 5 person capacity - $450

Turning small objects on a lathe in a woodwork classroom including Pens, (Wooden and resin pen kits) Rings, (Wooden and Metal core) bottle stoppers and small spindle turning, honey dippers etc. Making resin blanks and using resin in your projects. This course will also look at General lathe sharpening techniques.

3. Timber for stage 4 - 12 person capacity - $350

Make timber projects suitable for Stage 4. Learn simple joint making and troubleshoot where your students may experience difficulty. Learn how to make the projects from a student’s perspective.

4. Art Metal Work - Stage 4 and 5 - 6 person capacity - $500

This course is intended for those who have never done silver jewellery before and are looking to introduce it as a stage 4 option in Technology (mandatory). You will learn how to make a plain silver ring, a twisted ring and a pendant in sterling silver. This is taught from metalworking principles and can be taught in a metalwork room with quite basic tools.  

5. Etextiles - 20 person capacity - $400

This is a STEM course designed to help the absolute beginner get going with e-Textiles. Teachers will be introduced to the basic concepts of electronics and how to apply them to textile based design projects (e-Textiles).

You will learn about:
• introductory electronics theory;
• identification of simple components;
• developing circuits using ICTs; and
• applying that knowledge to simple skill development projects.

Participants will engage in discussion regarding problem based learning, its application in the classroom and how to develop appropriate assessment methodologies.

Note: The workshop will include a kit of components that contains enough components to enable further experimentation after the course.

6. Skilling You for Metal Technology – Stage 5 - 6 person capacity - $450

This course is designed to develop the correct skills to teach Metal Technology Projects to be completed: Knurled Centre Punch & Hacksaw (Full Size)

With these two projects, you will you will develop a broad range of practical and class management skills to successfully teach these Projects.
Note: please bring your own PPE:
● Safety glasses
● Ear muffs (optional)
● Solid shoes
● Appropriate workshop clothing
● If you have long hair - it must be tied back
7. Computing Workshop - 20 person capacity - $400

*Saturday (4 sessions of 80 minutes each)

1.   Hands-on databases: design a Relational Database using MS Access (80’)a.    Importing data from Excel spreadsheets

2.   Hands-on Animations using Animate CC (80’) 

3.   Hands on IPO charts, Pseudocodes, Flowcharts and Deskchecking (80’)
4.   Hands on Coding Using Scratch (80’)
* Sunday (2 sessions of 80 minutes each)
1.  Python Coding Fundamentals
2.   Python Code - special features - Working on Projects I
May 2019 WorkshopsV2 (2).docx

8. Take your laser to the next level - 20 person capacity - $350

With the increasing popularity of laser cutters in schools, teachers are regularly asking for advice on optimising or maximising their usage. Are jobs taking too long, are there too many jobs or maybe your laser underutilised? Rob will provide practical, best practice processes that will reduce bottlenecks and encourage more efficient use of the laser in the your classroom.  

BIO Rob Thompson is the Business Development Manager with LST Group and has worked with lasers for over 16 years.  He regularly represents LST at educational conferences and forums both around Australia and internationally. His employer, LST Group has sold and supported Universal laser systems in Australia for over 30 years and had been a NSW Department of Education contracted laser supplier since 2008. With over 300 systems installed in Australian schools, Rob and LST are very familiar with the many diverse scenarios found in Australian classrooms today.

9. River pour: Playing with Recycled Timber and More - 20 person capacity - $500

Have you always wanted to know the Tips & Tricks of doing River Pours? How to get rid of those pesky air bubbles in Pour on finishes? Or how to achieve great finishes using recycled timber? What products and requirements for internal and external conditions? This workshop will give you all the Tips & Tricks and correct products to do River Pours and more. By doing your own projects you will be loaded up with heaps of techniques for working with recycled and new timber for making unique woodwork projects. You will gain Tips & Tricks on how to take very ordinary pieces of timber from fence palings to slab timber and turn them into one off masterpieces. The plan is for you to bring manageable pieces of 2nd hand timber with you to play with over the two days. We will do the pouring / Epoxy coating on Saturday and finishing on Sunday.

We will provide you with a list of goodies (Do not sweat if you do not have timber – we can supply) and tools you will need to bring once advised you have selected our knowledgeable workshop.

10. Puppet making. Puppets for TAS - 15 person capacity - $350
Puppets reawaken the imagination, they are expressions of creativity. At the Puppets from TAS workshop, you will make a foam rod & mouth puppet also known as a Muppet style puppet. You will go from flat foam and fabric, to full character in just 2 days! All materials are provided, and no experience in making puppets is required.

Katherine Hannaford is the Teacher Librarian at Macquarie Fields HS and a professional puppet builder and puppetry teacher with over 15 years experience. She has built puppets for stage and television, and has taught puppetry as a school developed curriculum subject for 2 years at Macquarie Fields HS. In 2016, Katherine won the UNIMA Australia National Puppetry Scholarship to study puppetry in America with Sesame Street and Muppet Puppeteers, and was featured in the NSW Teachers Federation Journal 'Education' in an article titled Teach Boldly with Puppets.

12. Build an Arduino Soil Moisture Detector - 15 person capacity - $450

"Build an Arduino Soil Moisture Detector" to allow you to teach the 
published NESA unit of work above.

Note: Participants will need to supply a laptop.

> Note: Participants will need to supply a laptop with wireless access and
> arduino IDE installed.

13. Digital and Control Technologies - an introduction to IoT/M2M - 20 person capacity - $600

This workshop is an easy introduction to IOT/M2M Control Technologies. It addresses some Outcomes from the Digital Technologies, Engineered Systems and Materials Technologies Contexts of the new Technology Mandatory syllabus while learning to code a microprocessor. The course will introduce concepts of coding with real world devices, an introduction to microprocessors via a locally developed board with built in I/O, motor driver, multiple LEDs, LDR, buzzer output.

This is a low-cost entry appropriate to schools using free software for simulation and experimentation. 

Course costs include 11 ‘Techstarter’ boards for use in the classroom. Additional sets are available for purchase.

Participants will engage in discussion regarding problem/project based learning, its application in the classroom and how to develop appropriate assessment methodologies.
Targeted concepts are Project Based Learning, Design Thinking, Computational and Algorithmic thinking and Integrated Learning.

Note: please bring your own PPE if you are doing workshop activities, this includes:

  • Safety glasses
  • Ear muffs 
  • Solid shoes
  • Appropriate workshop clothing
  • If you have long hair - it must be tied back

    HOT location & time:

    Macquarie Fields High School

    2 Harold St, Macquarie Fields NSW 2564

    Saturday 9 - 4

    Sunday 9 - 1

    Contact Owen Telfer for more details: 

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