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Smart City: Connecting the dots and digital kids

Schools face a daunting challenge to increase their student
exposure to coding, hands-on technology learning to solve some
real-world problems and teaching STEM principles (Science, Technology,
Engineering and Mathematics) through design, construction and testing.
This personal presentation by a leading teacher illustrate journey to
connect his students to some real-world problems and the challenges
faced along the way. Following on from an earlier
computational-thinking challenge to build and program a moving
vehicle, Roland's current mission is to challenge students to design,
build a smart city consisting of intelligent vehicles and
infrastructure. To do this they need to program a navigation algorithm
to autonomously navigate vehicles through a series of traffic
challenges that test collision avoidance and road safety. They have
been invited to showcase their work at the ITS2016 Word Congress in
Melbourne with a maker-space for delegates to share our hands-on
problem solving and learning with the software and models developed by
the students. Moonshots live in a grey area between audacious
technology and pure science fiction. Our moonshot was to empower
students around the globe to build and control their future.

Roland Gesthuizen

Roland has an active interest in the development of online
learning communities, open education and software freedom, He is a
cohost of the #ACCELN show and a social-media evangelist who enjoys
teaching digital learning and science in Melbourne, Australia. As a
GLOBE trained teacher his work spans a range of environmental issues
using blended learning to bridge STEM principle of teaching and
learning. Over the past two decades he has presented and published at
ISTE, ACEC, VITTA and ICTEV conferences and groups. He is a recipient
of the 2010 ACCE Educator of the year Award and 2012 ISTE Making IT
Happen Award. On a quest to split the byte and rejoin Pangaea.