November 11, 2016
by rcrellin
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Quick, How Might the Alien Spacecraft Work?

This is a great blog post from Dr Stephen Wolfram about his experience working with film makers on the set of the movie Arrival.  The script involves communicating with aliens in binary, analysing alien handwriting and using physics formulas to understand an interstellar spacecraft.

The interesting aspect of the article is how they worked through the issues as they would in real life using current tools such as Mathematica. A great resource for Digital Technologies.

 

GeoGraphics[{Thickness[0.001], {Red, GeoPath /@ (List @@@ EdgeList[NearestNeighborGraph[landingSites, 3]])}, Table[GeoDisk[#, Quantity[n, "Miles"]] & /@ landingSites, {n, 0, 1000, 250}], Red, GeoStyling[Opacity[1]], GeoDisk[#, Quantity[50, "Miles"]] & /@ landingSites}, GeoRange -> "World", GeoProjection -> "WagnerII", GeoZoomLevel -> 3]Establishing Communication

Read the full blog post here.

To find out more about Mathematica see http://www.digipubs.vic.edu.au/pubs/wolfram/home

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November 4, 2016
by rcrellin
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Wolfram Professional Learning

Victorian teachers are invited to exclusive professional development seminars delivered by Wolfram educators to support the use of these tools in the classroom. Numbers for each session are limited so get in early. mathematica-11-spikey

 Wolfram Hands-On Training

This is an exciting opportunity to learn directly from Wolfram staff and ask questions about using Wolfram tools with students to support computation and coding instruction in the classroom.

  • 22 November – Geelong Grammar, 10am-4pm
  • 24 November – Nagle College Bairnsdale, 10am-4pm
  • Further sessions will be offered in March 2017 – details TBA

Register at: http://www.wolfram.com/training/special-event/hands-on-start-to-mathematica-victoria-mentors/

SystemModeler

Jan Brugard from Wolfram Research will be hosting this session with an aim to create Victorian mentors.

  • 28 November – Kensington Town Hall

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/wolfram-systemmodeler-tickets-28776521350

Download the wolfram-professional-learning-nov16 flyer to find out more

Download the Wolfram Software

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January 27, 2016
by Sandy Phillips
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Join the first STEM Brainstorming Day

Join the Design and Technology Teachers’ Association (DATTA) Vic for their first STEM Brainstorming Day.  They invite primary & secondary educators to  explore technologies as a key area for the delivery of STEM learning & teaching in Victoria.  On the day participants will;

  • Investigate STEM initiatives, both at home and around the world
  • Explore successful ACARA-funded STEM projects from local schools
  • Hear from maths & science teachers’ perspectives
  • Brainstorm possible STEM projects for your own school
  • Write up and benchmark  projects against the Technologies, Mathematics and Science curricula 

When:

9.30am – 3.00pm

Friday 15th April

Where:

150 Palmerston Street, Carlton, VIC, 3053

There is no cost to attend this event, but all participants must register.

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August 5, 2015
by Sandy Phillips
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National Science Week 15th–23 August

National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology. Running each year in August, it features more than 1000 events around Australia, including those delivered by universities, schools, research institutions, libraries, museums and science centres.  It  kicks off  the 15th–23 August and schools are invited to run and promote their own events or join the events available on the website http://www.scienceweek.net.au/

Great work  to these schools who have organised local events and are promoting them on the National register:

Light Fantatsic
Laburnum Primary School

Dissections
Upwey High School

Exploring Light
Sussex Heights Primary School & Nara Pre-School

Glengala Science Expo
Glengala Primary School

Steamday 2015
St Albans Heights Primary School

Transition to Science
Wheelers Hill Secondary College

Science Expo
Hillsmeade Primary School 

Let us know if your school is running something special, particularly if it involves innovative use of digital technologies.

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