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A STEM PROJECT
THAT SHOOTS FOR THE STARS

SIMPLE TOOLS, STEP-BY-STEP LESSON PLANS,
AND SOME SERIOUS FUN

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At StarLAB, we love to have fun (We hold a National Mars Rover Challenge to prove it!). But we’re serious about helping you teach STEM to meet your curriculum requirements, and your students learning skills they’ll need out in the big, bad world.

 
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The StarLAB program has 4 main components:

1. StarLAB sensor platform (the hardware)
2. StarLAB software
3. Mars Rover hardware to build the Rover they will program
4. Online learning modules.


 
 
 
 
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STARLAB SENSOR PLATFORM
(THE HARDWARE)

 
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The sensor platform is a piece of hardware – something you can hold in your hand. It has a range of sensing tools and an on-board Raspberry Pi computer. (Super cute name for a super powerful little computer.)

The sensor platform is the brains of StarLAB. The sensors take in information about its surroundings, which students can see and interpret using the StarLAB software. The sensors measure things like temperature, the weather, which way is up and can take hi-res videos and photos. No coding knowledge is needed to get it up and running, but as your class gets across coding, they’ll see a world of possibility for using the sensor platform to measure what’s around them, and coding hardware to respond to it.

It has an OLED display, 5 LEDs, 4 input buttons, a joystick and a buzzer and loads more tech to explore. It is the hardware the students will learn to make do things, like make an LED blink.

It can be used straight out of the box by students with no coding knowledge to take real-time measurements, and can be used in general STEM projects to measure the environment and collect data.

 

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STARLAB SOFTWARE

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The StarLAB software displays the data being collected by the sensor platform hardware in real time on a computer or tablet. Our software technology means the sensor platform can be wirelessly accessed by all your students at the same time.

 
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MARS ROVER KIT

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Is it a robot? Is it a tank? No! It's the Mars Rover Kit! The Mars Rover has a metal chassis, two motors with connected tank treads, a power supply, battery, and control board. The StarLAB sensor platform connects to the Rover and acts as its eyes and ears (and brain of the operation).

Students will learn to apply their coding knowledge to write programs to control the Rover technology and make it move and navigate its surroundings.

 
 
 
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ONLINE LEARNING MODULES:
THE PYTHON CODING LANGUAGE

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StarLAB online learning modules are designed for teachers and students with no prior coding experience. 

A complete coding course on the Python programming language is delivered via Moodle (online teaching platform). Each lesson is 30-60 minutes and uses videos, built-in quizzes and examples to guide students and teachers through basic coding. 

Each StarLAB kit comes with unlimited free licenses to access the online program – everyone can learn at their own pace.

 

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ONLINE LEARNING MODULES:
CODING COURSE ON EACH SENSOR

A series of hardware lessons on each of the StarLAB hardware sensors is delivered online using Moodle (just like the Python course). The courses show you how to code different pieces of the StarLAB hardware. These include simple lessons such as blinking an LED through to remotely driving a Rover through an alien terrain using various onboard sensors.

Imagine code that uses movement as an input to your program, so by moving the StarLAB hardware platform you were controlling a spaceship dodging asteroids! Our hardware course teaches students how to create programs like this, and is delivered in the same Moodle format as the online Python course.

 
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TEACHER SUPPORT
AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

StarLab can provide professional development sessions for your school. Contact StarLAB and we’ll get all your STEM teachers on board with the hardware, software, online learning and how they relate to meeting the BOSTES approved iSTEM learning outcomes. Don’t tell your boss, but you’ll probably have fun too.

Get started on your greatest STEM project ever
Contact us online or call 02 4914 9080.