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Project aims to boost science, maths literacy The University of Canberra (UC) has signed an agreement with Samsung Electronics Australia to collaborate on the research and development of an innovative technology-driven learning program to improve science and mathematics literacy among young Australians. UC Centenary Professor and director of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education Research Centre (SERC) Tom Lowrie said the project aims to inspire young students to use the latest technological devices to learn about spatial reasoning and STEM concepts in general. Two programs are designed to improve mathematics and science competencies, one aimed at primary school students and another at high school students. “The primary school project will look at developing spatial-reasoning skills in a dynamic 3D-like world on a smartphone or tablet,” Professor Lowrie said. “The second project, the Digital Design Learning Lab, aimed at high school-aged students, will look at the use of augmented reality to represent the real world as 3D objects on tablets.” Professor Lowrie said that by using creative activities and innovative programs through cutting-edge technologies, such as digital sensor-based mobile platforms, augmented reality technologies, next generation digital

signage and visual display solutions, they “hope to complement traditional classroom learning and engage the students in these subjects”. He also said that an important component of the program was to work with disadvantaged communities, including Indigenous and remote communities, to connect them with forward-thinking education. “The project is part of Samsung’s social fabric portfolio,” Professor Lowrie said. “They have no desire whatsoever to talk about our research methodology and we are lucky in that we are free to do precisely what we want to do.” Samsung Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Tess Ariotti, said that the collaboration would explore ways to better support STEM education to make a meaningful impact in the learning outcomes of young Australians. “As technology embeds itself with all industries, STEM skills are becoming vital to a majority of careers,” Ms Ariotti said. “Samsung is working with SERC because we see the opportunity for our technology to contribute to the development and execution of innovative teaching practices in Australian schools. By working with organisations like the University of Canberra we’re ensuring technology integration is relevant and contributes to lasting, positive change.”

Phillip Oval works begin The $6.2 million redevelopment of Phillip Oval, a partnership project between the ACT Government, AFL NSW/ACT and Cricket ACT, officially started on Monday 5 December. The ACT Government is contributing $4.6 million and AFL NSW/ ACT and Cricket ACT contributing $1.6 million collectively to the redevelopment. It is expected Phillip Oval will become the second tier oval for AFL and cricket behind Manuka Oval. ACT Shadow Minister for Sport and Recreation, James Milligan MLA, welcomed the start of work on the redevelopment and would now like to see funds allocated in the next budget for the promised resurfacing and drainage improvements at Gungahlin Oval.

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08 December 2016  

08 December 2016