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Hands On Technology 2023 - Macquarie Fields High School

  • 20 May 2023
  • 9:00 AM
  • 21 May 2023
  • 1:00 PM
  • Macquarie Fields High School


  • This course will cover the basics of programming a controller, including inputs and output.
    While the final product is a colour changing LED that responds to input light level, the basic course provides knowledge on how to deliver arduino projects successfully across a range of projects and designs, focusing on how to teach code and structure successfully with an example output.
  • Over the 2 sessions participants will assemble a kit of parts to build their own Muppet style puppet. The Mandatory technologies areas covered are Wood and Textiles, along with 3D printed parts.

    Participants need no experience
  • This is a course introducing educators to Onshape. “Onshape is a professional-grade, cloud-native CAD platform that students and educators can access for FREE on any device, anywhere, anytime.”
    It is cloud-based platform that works on both Mac and PC. Design complex solid and surface models using top-down or bottom-up methodologies. Create highly structured and detailed assemblies with built-in standard hardware and parts linked from other Documents. Create fully detailed drawings of parts and assemblies with dimensions, and import and export of DWG, DWT and DXF file formats. Participants will leave the course able to model and draw products suitable for high school technology and engineering subjects. They will be able to manage Onshape in a school environment and access and develop resources for use in the classroom.
  • For teachers who are either new to or not very experienced/confident with working in the timber workshop. Instruction will include hand tools suitable for use with students, as well as machine use suitable for teachers.

    Work with traditional timber techniques creating two projects aimed at students in Years 7-9. The projects will look at a range of production methods, tips and tricks to ensure the greater success for students.

    Suitable tools and materials will be provided.
  • We will cover the foundations of box making using various methods that could be used in a classroom. The course will cover preparation of timber, cutting splined mitre joints, cutting housing joints, veneering plywood, gluing and clamping boxes, fitting butt hinges, and finishing.
  • PowerSTEM projects are all about making and testing cars and planes and they have just had a real boost with the new PowerAnchor and online content. This session looks at the new features and how they can be used to enhance any STEM program. The real key to successful STEM projects is having a strong making component as well as good data collection. PowerSTEM projects aim to keep making simple so that multiple variations can be made and tested. Data collection is they basis of informed design modification and eventual vehicle optimisation. With over 500 schools across Australia doing PowerSTEM projects this is a good opportunity to see first-hand how they work, and if you are already doing them, see what’s new and come and share your insights.
  •  This course will cover the following aspects of using Revit and preparing HSC Major Projects
     Create an A3/A2/A1 size sheet template with custom border, title block, logo and North symbol for use with all drawings
     Export all drawings to sheets – then export them to PDF
     Symbol plan - showing all symbols used and what they mean – 1 for site, 1 for regular, 1 for room / bathroom / wet areas, electrical symbols
     Site Plan – shows site, north symbol and foundation
     Set Back Plan – similar to site, includes measurements from boundaries to buildings
     Shadow plan – 9am, 12pm, 3pm
     Electrical diagrams – add switches, lighting, power outlets, main circuit board, lines coloured yellow and dashed
     Plumbing – add in waste (black), hot water (red) and cold water (blue).
     Floor plans – all dimensions, rooms coloured and tagged, rooms show area. Include key
     Elevations - Black + white and rendered
     Elevations – Dimensioned – Black and white.
     Sectional views of all wet areas / rooms - Black + white & Rendered
     Footing view showing all materials - Black + white and rendered, dimensioned and materials labelled
     AC diagrams (if time permits)
     Inventor Furniture Project to be inserted in Revit – Orthogonal view, dimensioned orthogonal, sectional view, detailed view, render, 3D print, high quality render of that product inside your project
     Walkthroughs – rendered. High quality. Do rooms 10-20 seconds. Cut together in a video for marker. 6-minute time limit. Show all rooms and outside. This will wow the marker.
     Renders showing inside and out. High quality - Create accounts for Autodesk. Use free student credits. Or use other rendering software as researched. Expect renders to take a long time
  • 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 can be used for internal and external conditions?
    This workshop will give you all the tips and tricks and correct products to do River Pours and more. By doing your own projects you will be loaded up with 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.
  • The course entails a Year 7 Desk Lamp project that incorporates multiple disciplines of technology, ranging from engineering, metalwork, timber, electronics and programming. The project uses a variety of materials in the construction of the lamp, including ferrous and non-ferrous metals, timber, and digital components. The lamp base will need to house the digital components. It will be designed according to a chosen theme, using the laser to engrave an image. An Arduino Uno microcontroller will be used in the construction of this project with several components including a programmable RGB LED strip and switch. Program code will be uploaded, tested and used to control the RGB LED strip to flash, and or different light sequences . Tooling, templates and preparation requirements for the project will also be demonstrated.

HOT location & time:

Macquarie Fields High School

20th & 21st May 2023

Saturday: Registration from 8:30, courses run: 9 - 4pm

Sunday: 9 - 1

Contact Owen Telfer for more details: 

Course Information: MAC FIELDS REG final1.pdf

Morning tea and lunch provided both days

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