Leanne Cameron is currently Vice President of ICT NSW, the Professional Teachers Association for teachers using technology. Her day job is Lecturer in Design, Digital and Technologies Education in the School of Education at Southern Cross University, Coffs Harbour. She draws heavily on her own experience as a classroom teacher and as a Technology Trainer for the NSW Department of Education’s Training & Development Directorate to deliver practical advice for teachers.
WORKSHOP (Session Two)
The Ultimate STEM Project: The Rube Goldberg Machine
Target Audience – Primary and Secondary
Come and explore an incredibly adaptable STEM project that suits any age, skill level or time frame – the Rube Goldberg Machine: the perfect open-ended STEM project. For those new to the concept, a Rube Goldberg Machine is: ‘a device or apparatus that is deliberately over-engineered to perform a simple task in a complicated fashion, generally including a chain reaction.’ (Wikipedia). In this session you will be introduced to a variety of ways it can be implemented to fit most STEM classes. In a typical project, students are supplied with a limited number of resources and the team with the most innovative solution to the problem wins. In this workshop you will get to experience first-hand how much fun you can have building and learning.