SO YOU’VE NEVER CODED IN YOUR LIFE, AND NOW YOU’VE GOT TO TEACH A CLASS FULL OF HIGH SCHOOL KIDS THE SKILLS THEY'LL NEED FOR THE FUTURE?
WE NEED TO TALK.
With StarLAB, YOU will develop critical thinking skills to solve problems in the real word by coding hardware. You could also end up working for NASA, or inventing the smartphone of the future that can fly your autonomous hovercraft to your penthouse on the moon by extending your skills in StarLAB!
StarLAB guides a person with zero computer coding knowledge through to programming an unmanned rover to navigate through a simulated Martian terrain.
Designed to assist STEM education in Years 9 and 10 students, StarLAB teaches the skills to create simple programs and games by coding the hardware to use specific sensors. The StarLAB package includes the learning materials that cover programming, sensors, and robotics.
StarLAB includes a sensor platform, rover hardware, software, and a 12-month subscription to online learning modules. In addition, students have the opportunity to participate in a National Mars Rover Challenge where they can put their newly acquired skills to the test by navigating a rover through a simulated alien landscape.
The StarLAB platform is designed to allow students to interact with the world around them. It does this by giving students access to an array of sensing tools combined with an on-board Raspberry Pi computer. It can be wirelessly accessed by multiple students simultaneously using their own devices.
The StarLAB software provides users with a visual and graphical way to view and monitor the data that is being collected by the hardware in real time on their computer or tablet.
Students will also learn how to program and utilise the interactive features of the hardware. This includes an OLED display, 5 LED’s, 4 input buttons, a joystick and a buzzer.
The StarLAB hardware has been designed so that it can be used immediately and take real-time measurements without the students having to do any coding. It has the flexibility to be used in other STEM projects where students can measure the environment and collect data.
Already have your school participating in events such as the Hunter Electric Vehicle Festival? StarLAB in standalone mode can provide students with wireless and logged telemetry to show exactly how and what is happening.
The sensors include:
- Infrared Light
- Ambient Light
- Ultraviolet Light
- Camera - video & still
The Mars Rover Kit is a small robot/tank-like device with a metal chassis, two motors with connected tank treads, a power supply, battery, and control board. The Rover connects to our StarLAB platform, which acts as the “brains” of the Rover. Students are expected to write a program that uses both the StarLAB and the Rover to engage in Mars Rover experiments.
The learning modules are delivered via an online teaching platform (Moodle). Designed for students and teachers with no prior coding experience, this basic coding course teaches Python programming language through a series of short lessons. Lessons are supported with videos and have in-built quizzes and code examples. Each lesson takes approximately 30-60 minutes to complete.
Many people ask who uses Python and why. Companies such as Google, YouTube, IBM, NASA, the CIA, and games such as Battlefield 2 all use Python; and to that list you can now add yourself. Python is one of the most versatile and widely used programming languages today. It is simple, has an easy-to-learn structure and is already being used in schools around the world.
Python is used to code the StarLAB hardware, allowing students to physically interact with the world using a computer to control electronic hardware.
Each kit comes with an unlimited* number of free licences for access to StarLAB’s online materials. This includes student, as well as teacher logins, which expire at the end of the calendar year. This course is designed to be utilised by STEM students using StarLAB, but is also suitable for implementing in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) programs.
A CODING COURSE
INTRODUCing EACH SENSOR
Imagine code that uses physical movement as an input to your program, such as moving the StarLAB to control a space-ship that hunts asteroids! The hardware course we offer teaches students the skillset required to create these sorts of programs, and is delivered in the same format as the online Python course.
The hardware lessons are designed to teach students about coding 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.
Schools can register their interest in professional development via email.
Obelisk Systems will run professional development days based on the level of interest from schools, with dates and locations and price to be determined based on this feedback.