On the 29th, 30th and 31st of May, 25 of our Year 8 students will participate in the Superpower Pilot Program offered by Monash Tech School. The program will provide them with a chance to explore sustainable energy and understand innovative technology.
The students will be introduced to the FLEET project, a research program aimed to minimize energy loss in electronic devices. They will learn about superconductors (i.e. an electronic piece with nearly zero resistance) and observe their “magic” property: a superconductor that floats over strong magnets and slides on top of them like a roller-coaster.
Students will visit Woodside Innovation Centre to check out the application of 3D Printing in energy production and surgery techniques. The team of researchers at Woodside will allow them to see that 3D Printing is more than just printing little plastic elements and there are a lot of different materials that can be used for 3D printing, such as metal, and silicone.
The power of simulation will be shown in the CAVE, a room with a circular wall of TV screens. Wearing 3D glasses, the students will observe the wind pattern in Melbourne and be able to compare energy produced by wind farms and coal-fired power stations. After this informative section, students will take an exciting tour to the tombs in Egypt, the surface of Mars, and a look at Mars from a satellite dishes in space. The 3D video will give the students, a look at where scientists believe there has been water on Mars, and the arctic spot located on Mars.
Students will then travel across the road to CSIRO and learn about flexible solar cells, and the potential they have for sustainable energy in the future.
Finally, the students will be given a hands-on experience to explore different types of energy. The Superpower Pilot Program has incorporated a series of activities to help students to understand energy transformation and renewable energy. Using gadgets like heat cameras and sound detectors, students will measure the energy produced by solar cars, rubber bands, and rubber cups.