Saturday 26 November 2022. 10:15am - 11:15am

Colin Bronislaw Chapman

More a bricolage than a war

Contact Author: Colin Chapman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Teaching Excellence Program, Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership, Victoria, 3002, Australia


In this practical workshop we will build key circuits for the measurement of data, develop calibrations for scratch-built sensors and realise an implementation that may be used to determine the sugar content of soft drinks.

We will look at the opportunities that modelling, simulation and computation offer intentional approaches to the design of learning opportunities to allow explicit approaches and inquiry processes to work together in education, in a context of discipline informed, practitioner-oriented engagement.

We will explore how the experience with the design, building and implementation of instrumentation may provoke learners to rethink and reimagine instrumentation, experimental protocols, data wrangling and conclusion crafting. 

The workshop will utilise SystemModeler, Mathematica (Hastings et al., 2020) Raspberry Pi microcomputer, Arduino microcontroller and simple scratch-built sensors and actuators to build a polarimeter that may be used to investigate the sugar content of soft drinks. 

This workshop will have broad application for teachers working with learners from years 5/ 6 through to year 12.

This is a practical workshop that assumes no prior engagement with the technologies and processes being investigated.