Physical tech from GO to WHOA!
This series of activities introduces Physical Tech by building on coding skills from the Australian Digital Technologies curriculum at Year Levels 5-10.
Start with the BBC micro:bit only to revise skills in algorithms and coding. Then, use modules from the Boson range to build physical tech designs for real-world interactions and data gathering. Each activity includes extension tasks and ideas for freeform projects to allow opportunities for design thinking.
About the authors
Nathan taught Digital Technologies, VCE Computing and Software Development in Victoria for 11 years before beginning work for DLTV.
He brings a background in Computer Systems Engineering and years of hobby coding, as well as a keen desire to help teachers with more complex Computer Science concepts through clear explanations and relevant activities.
Sanjin has a B.Eng in Mechatronic Systems majoring in Robotics and Computer Vision and spent several years working industry as an Engineer. He then retrained as a teacher and taught Systems Engineering and Digital Technologies at a secondary level.
Recently he has been developing a series of technology programs for G.A.T.E.WAYS (gifted and talented education) covering everything from coding, robotics, applied mathematics and microcontrollers. As a head of eLearning at Techxellent he has combined his technological expertise with his educational experience to create innovative teacher training programs and resources.