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Working as an automotive engineer

As an automotive engineer, Peter Whitlock combines time at his desk with time behind the wheel. He's responsible for the development and testing of the automatic transmission systems in cars. What are some of the day-to-day tasks Peter performs? Why are they important?

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What does it take to make a video game?

It can take many people and many years to create a video game. From project managers to developers, learn about the many different roles in the gaming industry. What kind of skills and knowledge do you think you'd need to be a video game developer or designer?

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Design processes for building robots

If you had to build a robot, where would you start? A good place to start is by brainstorming ideas with others. Think about your objectives, then think of other factors like the resources and the time you have available to you. Next, get some pen and paper and start drawing what you think your robot should look like based ...

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What makes these paper planes fly?

Have you ever wondered what makes a paper plane fly? Think about the design of the paper plane as well as external factors like the various forces that are at play, then make a list of the design considerations and a list of the different forces.

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Working towards a renewable energy future

Listen to electrical engineering student Kulsoom Hussain describe her dream career. What are some of the challenges she says she'll face in trying to achieve her goals? What can you find out about the energy sources used in Australia? How much renewable energy is used to power our country?

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Spark: a better way to predict the spread of bushfires

In recent years, new technologies have helped us respond to natural disasters more quickly by providing up-to-date information as it becomes available. What if we could take this one step further with new technologies that can also predict disasters? Learn how Spark, which uses our existing knowledge of bushfire behaviours ...

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Learn about Artificial Intelligence with an industrial robot

With the assistance of Baxter, the industrial robot, Raymond Sheh from Curtin University illustrates the benefits of Artificial Intelligence (AI), such as industrial automation, emergency response and even surgery. He also describes the challenges involved in developing it safely and even takes the time to provide a few ...

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What is a technology usability specialist?

Have you ever thought about what goes in to making technology products easy to use? Meet Oliver Weidlich, whose job it is to test the experiences of technology users and make suggestions to tech companies on improvements. Why is usability important? Who is it important for? What are some of the activities that usability ...

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What happens to your online data?

There is an infinite amount of data online, but where does it all come from? Would you be surprised to learn that every time you go online you're contributing to the creation of new data? Find out how data is created, processed, stored and retrieved online.

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Different paper plane designs

How many different paper plane designs are there? Lots! Watch as Dylan Parker, paper plane expert, demonstrates some of his favourites. Notice the way the different shapes and features of the planes cause them to move through the air in different ways. Which one do you like the most? Why not have a go at making something similar?

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Interested in solving the world's future challenges?

Have you ever looked at tall buildings or massive bridges and wondered what keeps them standing? Or have you wondered why these structures have been designed the way they have? Alexandra Devlin is a civil and environmental engineering student at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and these are the questions that ...

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Benefits of teamwork in robotics

It takes team work to build robots! Oliver talks about how he didn't know too much about building robots when he first joined  3132 'Thunder Down Under', but by being in a team with others learned a lot of skills. He also talks about sharing ideas, and how valuable it is to make and learn from mistakes with others. Why ...

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What is computer aided design?

Ever heard of computer aided design (CAD)? Evan from FIRST Robotic Competition's 3132 'Thunder Down Under' explains what CAD is and how it helps his team to design their robot. Why do you think CAD might be important in engineering?

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How is your personal information kept secret on the internet?

Lots of private data is exchanged over the internet. What are some examples? As Mia Epner explains, cryptography allows for the secure transfer of data online. How does encryption work? And what is a key? Today information is encrypted using 256 bit keys. This keeps information safe because it means there are way too many ...

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How to design and build a robot in six weeks!

Evan, a mechanical mentor for FIRST Robotic Competition's 3132 'Thunder Down Under', outlines the processes involved in designing, building and testing a robot in six weeks. What influences the team in their design and building processes? Can you think of anything else that might influence the design and build of the robot ...

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Know your robotics materials

Sean, a robotics mentor for FIRST Robotic Competition's 3132 'Thunder Down Under', worked on the robot's intake system which allows it to take in the 'boulder', or the ball, so it can then shoot into the high goal or the low goal. What were some of the challenges he faced in designing and building this feature?

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How 'binary information' is communicated via the internet

Ever wondered how your photos, emails and messages get sent between devices? Watch as software engineer Tess Winlock explains what binary information is, and how it gets from one place to another. Can you explain what 'bits' are? How about 'bytes'? In the past, binary information was sent using physical systems like semaphore ...

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What are pixels?

Meet Kevin Systrom and Piper Hanson as they explain how digital images work. What are pixels, those tiny dots of light, made from? How are colours created and represented? What does Kevin say about the way mathematical functions are used to create different image filters. What is the difference between image resolution ...

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Learning about computer languages

What happens when you type a web address or url into your computer and press enter? Watch this clip to find out! Computers and servers talk to each other in a language called HTTP. What are the messages they send and recieve mostly about? HTML is another language, one that tells a web browser how to make a web page look. ...

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What makes the internet run reliably?

Watch this clip to see software engineer Lynn Root and co-creator of the internet Vint Cerf explain what keeps the internet running reliably. When information is sent on the internet, it is broken down into packets that are able to take a number of routes to get from one computer to another. Why might this be important? ...