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Two exhibitions at Beaconhills College’s Pakenham and Berwick Campuses this week will demonstrate the creative talents of VCE students in Technology and Art subjects.
The exhibitions are the finale of students’ practical work from Visual Arts and Technology in 2015. They include works from Media, Art, Visual Communication Design (VCD), Studio Arts, Product Design and Technology, Food and Technology and Design Technology – Fashion and Systems.
Beaconhills has already notched up numerous VCE Season of Excellence awards over the years in Technology and Art subjects, along with invitations for photography students to present their work in the annual Top Shots exhibition at the Monash Gallery of Art.
This year Systems Engineering students from both campuses are hoping again for a chance at a Top Designs award, with some incredible inventions produced.
At the Pakenham Campus, Year 12 students Tim S and Nick K have spent more than 100 hours each building their projects.
A keen player with the Pakenham Floorball Club, Nick designed and built a floorball machine which fires out plastic balls at 110km hour. The pre-programmable device allows the user to train ‘solo’ and improve skills. He believes there is nothing similar on the market at the moment.
Tim S applied his IT skills to creating an automated home security system, which senses when a door or window is opened, takes photos and streams them live to the owner via their mobile phone. An Arduino (open-source electronic board) allows images to be saved.
Tim said he loved the challenge of the project but it involved a lot of trial and error.
“Security systems are really interesting and I wanted to try using a few different technologies such as motion sensors and wireless technology,” he said.
As an extra creative touch to his design, which is presented in a model house, he printed out all the coding and used it as ‘wallpaper’.
Berwick Campus student Jayden S also spent hours building a quadcopter and said he found many hurdles along the way.
“There were some challenges I faced in having to distribute the weight and make it light enough to be airborne, as well as making it structurally stable,” he said.
Jayden used the College’s 3D printer to make precise parts. He said he would like to study IT Engineering at university.
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