Over the past three weeks, Monash Tech School has conducted trials of their three-day program Superpowers.Mapped to the year 8 Victorian curriculum, Brentwood Secondary College students were the first to experience the trial program, followed by South Oakleigh College, and Wellington Secondary College.
On Day 1, students took a tour of the buildings and the research facilities around Monash University Clayton campus. The day consisted of activities that allowed students to expand their understandings around renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainability. A visit to The Woodside Innovative Future Lab allowed students to explore 3D printing at its best. Next at FLEET (ARC: The Centre of Excellence in Future Low Energy Electronics Technologies) students observed the equipment and experiments used by scientists in their research to develop new materials that are more durable and energy efficient.
The next stop was the CAVE 2; a circular wall of screens that transforms visualisation practice. Here the students experienced Virtual Reality that allowed them to explore and interact with the data on a whole other level. Next a look inside the Monash Wind Tunnel, a unique experience allowed the students to learned about aerodynamics. Students also learned about varieties of sustainable buildings around the Monash University Clayton campus, such as Green Chemical Futures smart window design, Menzies revolving doors, and Solar PV Array on the Learning and Teaching Building. The guided tour around the campus looking at the way Monash is implementing their Net Zero initiative by making and storing renewable energy, as well as the architecture of building to make them suitable and energy efficiency.
Day 2 and 3 of the program were at Monash Tech School; working in groups, students were introduced to renewable energy sources. Looking at how we use energy, students began to work as power companies, integrating Augmented and Virtual Reality. Lastly, students took a business approach and looked at how social media can be used to shift consumers awareness around renewable energy.