National Science Week
National Science Week – Drones, Droids and Robots
Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 have enjoyed a week where they have participated in robotics, programming and other related activities to celebrate National Science week.
The theme this year was Drones, Droids and Robots. The Year 7 students have been busy this week learning how to control robots using a programming language. Year 8 students have been hard at work with our robotic challenge and students spent time in the library during lunch time, manoeuvring Spheros through a course. Speed and accuracy earned points towards a science related prize. The Year 9 students learned the differences between drones, droids and robots, and even Cedar College staff members participated in a “Brain Break” challenge where they build chocolate and coffee atomic models out of various kinds of fruit.
After Science Week, students will know that drones, droids and robots are all machines. Drones are robots which fly (unmanned aerial vehicles) and droids are robots which look like human beings. A robot, on the other hand, is a computer that gathers data through sensors, can run analytical software to make sense of the data it collects (artificial intelligence) and has some kind of attachment so it can undertake physical work. Well done to all of the students who have been involved in these activities this week.