QUT STEM in Schools – Green Energy: Big Data
Last Saturday, our Brilliant Futures Inquiry year students visited the impressive Science and Engineering building at the Queensland University of Technology's Garden's Point campus, where they took part in the "Green Energy: Big Data" workshop. The workshop covered many topics such as: mathematics, data analysis, engineering, urban planning, environmental engineering. It seems as though the students were suitably impressed according to their feedback:
"The workshop we attended gave us the opportunity to tour around QUT's '5 Star Green Star' engineering and science facilities, and we analysed how maths and engineering can work together to produce a greener future. We learnt how the smart building could monitor and react to the environment around it, making it one of Brisbane's most environmentally friendly buildings.
Throughout the day, our team collected data from P block building's sensors and evaluated different facilities within the centre answering questions relating to mathematics, data analysis, engineering, and urban planning. It was an exciting and unique learning experience, as it brought us first-hand information on how utilising little steps count to achieving our environmental goals. Not only does QUT conserve energy, it also uses renewable resources to produce its own energy including three different types of solar panels.
By utilising this energy, QUT can accommodate the world largest, interactive, touch screen; The Cube. Students were able to use The Cube to participate in intriguing games, puzzles and competitions allowing for an exciting experience. Overall, participating in Brilliant Futures workshop has allowed us to make a start on envisioning our futures."
Daniel - Brilliant Futures Inquiry Year student
Mrs Christina Rekort-Blundall
Brilliant Futures Coordinator