The Art of Cryptography with Daniel Judd
Imagine this: you are the legendary 006 ½, and you’re on a mission to try and save the world (again). You’ve come across some valuable information that will help you to finally beat your enemies but you think you’re being watched! How do you report back to your boss and the rest of your team, and make sure that no-one else can read what you have to say? You write to them in code!
In this workshop students learn all about the Art of Cryptography. Cryptography is all about converting whatever you write to secret code that can’t be read by anyone except for those who know how to decode your cypher. We discussing ways to break the codes that other people have written. Students also get to create their own secret method of encrypting messages.
The Science of Earth’s Changing Climate with Aaron MacLeod
Today everyone is talking about Earth's changing climate and the impact of global warming. But what does that mean? How do we even know that the Earth’s climate is changing? Join us on this expedition as you investigate scientific principles (through hands-on experiments we will begin to discover the integral role the ocean plays in the Earth’s Climate) behind Earth’s Climate and the integral role that the ocean plays.
Over the three days, through a range of real-world hands-on experiments, students explore: the Scientific Process; physical and chemical properties of water; mapping and features of the ocean floor; global winds and deep ocean currents; the Carbon Cycle; the Coriolis Effect; how Earth’s climate has been recorded; natural causes of climate change; and human impact on climate change.
Most importantly, students work with a group of like-minded students to understand the scientific principles behind Earth’s climate and learn that as global citizens and scientists we have a real impact on the local and global environment and can be positive catalysts for change.
‘The Science of Earth’s Changing Climate’ is based on the hands-on science curriculum 'Climate: Seas of Change’ produced by JASON Learning in partnership with the National Geographic Society.
Logic and Lateral Thinking with Esther Cheung
Creativity is fundamental to the formation of new and innovative ideas in today’s ever-changing world. Lateral thinking trains students to use a creative or outside-the-box approach to solve problems. Often these outside-the-box ideas can only become possible if we look from innovative or non-traditional perspectives, rather than opting for the obvious answer. Thinking laterally can be rather challenging; therefore, the main purpose of this workshop is to provide a few interesting topics and demonstrate how to think differently. We explore the mystery of magic squares; counting embedded figures and irregular 3D cubes; discover different types of number and diagram patterns and many more.
Big Ideas and Big Futures with Michael Graham
Do you have what it takes to make it in the business world? You might be an entrepreneur and not even know! In this workshop, you will discover how some of the world’s most powerful people made it to the top and how to turn a great idea into a great career.
We will explore the different ways that people earn money and how businesses operate. You will then come up with your own business idea and develop your persuasive writing, speaking and leadership skills by learning the art of advertising. Finally, you’ll bring your ideas to life when you pitch to an investor panel!
The Colour of Science with Jenny Zhang
Science is all around us. From the air you breathe (Carbon dioxide, oxygen and lots of nitrogen) to everything we see. This workshop examines how colour can be used to improve our understanding of how the world around us works. It's about the science of colour, and the colours of science.
You learn what science is and how to undertake the rigours of scientific research including understanding the differences between observations and inferences and the scientific method. You learn the basic concepts within science that explain how our world works.
- How colours are produced by light and the difference between additive and subtractive colours
- How diffusion works
- How temperature affects the rate of crystal formation
- What is chromatography and how is it used?
An Introduction to Software Development with Daniel Comben
Our lives are surrounded by technology and software. Imagine if you had the power to create your own custom software solutions and technologies that could change the world around you for the better. In this workshop, we explore an introduction to software development using the Python programming language.
This workshop provides you with a stepping stone into the field of software development. No previous programming experience is required. You will learn fundamental concepts from programming and computer science and apply these to a wide range of fun and challenging problems and puzzles through hands-on activities. Each of these skills will be utilised in the development of a capstone project which will be the first level of an interactive text-based game. Participants develop a virtual world which their players will be able to explore.
- Understanding and working with different data types
- Making decisions with ‘if’ statements and using conditional operators as well as repetition using loops
- The ability to perform string manipulation
- An understanding of Python lists
- The use of functions for problem decomposition
- Use of the above concepts to develop reliable software