CAT – Computational Algorithmic Thinking Competition
For the last 2 terms, 18 students from the Primary and Middle Schools have been meeting each Monday morning from 7.45 am to train for the Australian Mathematics Trust’s annual Computational and Algorithmic Thinking competition. The competition employs a mixture of multiple-choice and integer answers, and incorporates unique ‘three stage tasks’ that encourage students to develop informal algorithms and apply them to test data of increasing size or complexity. Some questions test the ability to accurately perform procedures, others require logical thought, while the more challenging problems require the identification and application of algorithms.
On Tuesday 27 March, the students participated in the one hour problem solving competition putting all their practice into play. We are very proud of our students’ perseverance and commitment towards the 2 terms of training and their confidence in stepping into the challenge of competition day.
Earlier this term, students from Year 9 were invited to submit applications to join the The Bialik BrainSTEM team, a group of 4 students who will be participating in BrainSTEM’s Innovation Challenge. The Innovation Challenge requires students, together with a university mentor, to highlight a problem within our society and develop a real-world solution to it.
Innovations that schools and mentors have developed in previous Innovation Challenges include:
• The development of a spill-proof Parkinson’s mug
• The programming of a robotic arm to aid in meal preparation for those living at home with a disability
• Monitoring retained heat in synthetic grass
• The creation of a cortisol detector to be fitted around a tooth to detect spiking stress levels in teenagers
Bialik students attended the launch at The Florey Institute on 6 March and were partnered with Dr Gianni Renda, BDes (Hons)(Industrial Design), PhD, from Swinburne University. Dr Renda is a Senior Lecturer in Industrial Design at Swinburne University and Deputy Director of The ARC Training Centre in Bio Devices.
Over the next 12 weeks, the BrainSTEM team will meet regularly with our mentor, Dr Renda, to design and build our prototype which will then be shared at a presentation evening
attended by all schools within Victoria who are participating in the challenge.
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