Burnie High School

Students map career path

 

Year 10 students Alex Rubens and Trent Crawford working on their miniature weather station. Picture: Jason Hollister, The Advocate.

Students from Burnie and Parklands high schools put their programming and circuitry skills to the test by building miniature weather stations at a two-day workshop at Burnie High School.

Eight year 9 and 10 students from each school programmed the weather stations to record changes in light, temperature and humidity.

The students programmed their stations to turn their lights on and off and even sent emails and text messages to them when they recorded a change in condition.

Conducted by industry figures Rob Vernon, of 41st Degree Software, CSIRO and Sense-T's Greg Timms and Peter Wilson, of the University of Tasmania's science and engineering department, the workshop gave students an understanding of what it is like to be involved in the science and technology industries.

Burnie High School student Trent Crawford, 15, said the workshop had been an invaluable experience.

"I'm learning how to extend my programming and electronics skills to help with my future career," Trent said.

The year 10 student was challenged by some of the programming involved in the workshop.

"I knew how to program but not how to program in a command and make the weather station do things," he said.

Burnie High School principal Judy Fahey said the program provided a fantastic opportunity for students.

Story by Adam Langenberg, The Advocate