On Monday this week, students at the Bunga Barrabugu Winter Program met with their chosen faculties for academic sessions. Our Student Leaders were on the scene and bring us their account of the action. We’ll be back tomorrow with reports from Business and Humanities & Law.
Architecture w/ Kristina Strati
Kirsten and Emily visited Small Multiples, a data visualisation and coding business in Surry Hills. We were escorted by Christina from the Faculty of Architecture.
Andrea, the founder of Small Multiples, gave us a tour of the office and introduced us to the employees, many who had a Bachelor of Design (Computing) from the University of Sydney! We learned about all of the complex work involved in things that we use everyday, such as the apps on our iPhone.
Some of their current projects include creating a data visualisation of the salaries of football players in the English Premier League for The Guardian and creating an app for the website “Ask Charlie”. We had a really fun morning!
Pharmacy w/ Francis Floresca
After a brief introduction to the different pathways available in the health industry, students were asked to engaged in a communication enhancement activity that aims to show aspiring health workers the importance of careful listening in successfully carrying out their dream job.
The activity opened the eyes of the students to diverse modes of communication that they will be exposed throughout their career and the importance of practicing empathy in their responses to these differences.
Dana, the only aspiring pharmacist in this year’ winter program, also had the privilege to sit with Elin Lehnbom, a representative from the Faculty of Pharmacy, and pick her brains for career advice all throughout the session.
Engineering and I.T. w/ Kate McDonell
Tye is interested in engineering to understand how things work. The mechatronics activity involved using an arduino board to control inputs (sensor) and outputs (actuator). Tye used the arduino’s joystick and processing script to change the size and position of the box on the screen.
He suggested that self-driving cars are a potential application of sensors and actuators. The sensor will detect pedestrians while the actuator takes action to avoid them. Tye now thinks he might like to study mechatronics, as opposed to chemical engineering.
Matt and Alex designed wind turbines to generate power for a rural town in NSW. Their wind turbine design was inspired by best practice, available materials and origami. They also had to consider efficiency and acceptance of design by locals. Alex’s design impressively lit up four LEDs.
Matt says he’s interested in engineering because he likes making stuff. As Einstein said “scientists investigate that which already is and engineers create that which has never been.”