Blog Archives

Lego NXT project update

Well, yes, it is a new year, and with it it brings a lot of changes. As Dr Rosie Thrupp’s contract at CQUniversity finished in October 2011, the Lego NXT research project has come to an end. However, this is not the end of Lego NXT in the Bundaberg district, as I am endeavouring to obtain access to a venue, prizes and support to continue running the challenges, and where possible, the holiday school workshops.

Should the competition go ahead, the theme of 2012’s challenges are most likely to be based on the ‘International Year of Sustainable Energy for All’, and as a result, be related to renewable energy.

Electronics, podcasts and it’s cold!

My Arduino is currently sat on the table next to me with a LCD screen and two analog sensors (a photodiode and thermistor – light and temperature sensors). It’s currently very dark, and approximately 21 C… not nice! I’m currently catching up on episodes of ‘The Amp Hour‘. I found the podcast a couple of weeks, back and am listening to it from the start. Currently listening to #13, only 33 to go!!

Arduino Uno with yellow backlight LCD, thermistor (for temperature)
and photodiode (for light). There is a three colour LED on the
breadboard but it’s not being used at the moment

My blog has a new home!

As part of my acquisition of my own website domain at, my blog now has a new web address at If you use the old address, it will still work as blogger will redirect you to the blogs new home, but if you want to stay up-to-date with the latest stuff, and ensure you can access it in the future (especially if I move to a different blogging platform, not that I am planning to at present)… now is a good time to update you bookmarks!

Christmas time!!!

Well, that time is upon us again! The lights are up, the Christmas decorations are out and the tree is up. I was busy the other day wrapping presents for Mum, and space is running out under the tree. And since I’ve handed in my last assignment for the year, I don’t really know what to do, so I’ve been tidying up, listening to music and reading, so it’s been a relaxing couple of days. Will be going over to my girlfriends place for the afternoon, so that should be interesting, as her family is having an open house Christmas party.

Why I hate christmass

No kidding… I like Christmas just as much as the next person… but, hm, this begs the question of how much does the next person like Christmas? lol. Two things I hate about christmass is the outright commercialism of what used to be a christian holiday (and I’m not banging the religious drums here… it’s just a  fact), how there are even more people one the roads, more people between me and the exit when going through the checkouts, and work Christmas parties… which make it a pain to arrange a date with your girlfriend when they suddenly decide to hold a Christmas party on the day you arranged to go out. sigh.

First week of the term flown by already!

Am studying two courses this term, one about assessment and reporting, and the other about literacy and numeracy, and the first week of term has flown straight past already. I had a teletutorial this evening, which nicely deconstructed what is involved in the first assignment for this course, and how to use the new course website. So, maybe it’s time to start doing some work. And I have another teletutorial this evening for the other course, which will also be breaking down the assessment and structure of this course, so that should be good.

Now that I have re-structured my program so that I’m not on placement next year until after all my university courses are completed, I feel much happier in continuing on with my secondary education program, and there is finally light at the end of the tunnel!

Can’t wait…

Can wait until Monday (28th of Sept), when the first episode of ‘The Vampire Diaries’ airs on Go! at 8:30pm. From the ads it looks pretty good, and I’ll be recording it and passing it onto anybody I know who doesn’t have digital tv. I also watched Fringe the other night, and it looked pretty good also. And I saw an ad for Moonlight, and I might watch an episode of that and see how it it goes… I didn’t release that that was one of the clips from the Go! ad that’s on ever so often (which I know by heart ‘cause I like the music :-).

Hard slog for the next few days…

After a few days of not much sleep, there is only a glimmer of hope… my last assignment is due in on next Friday, so the end must be near.

There, I’ve said it… I can now move on! Only two assignments to finish by tomorrow afternoon… no pressure! 🙂

I’ve watched two movies over the last two days… ‘Fast and Furious’ and ‘Screamers: The Hunting’. Thoroughly enjoyed Fast and Furious… it is what the second movie should have been (but wasn’t) – all the original actors and characters, had a good story and great stunts. ‘Screamers: The Hunting’ wasn’t too bad… but the ending strongly smells (hm, can a movie smell?) of a one or two more movies…

Am just watching the 7PM project… any takers for the sale of Channel Ten? And water has been found on mars… but you’ll still only be able to water the garden between 6pm and 8pm… there is a bit of a water shortage! And what about the 33 year old who has $58 million… he certainly must enjoy what he’s doing to have got there! 🙂 And after the commercial break the world goes mad… they’re talking about women drinking alcohol before having sex due to a lack of confidence about their body image. Weird… Andy is exactly right… it doesn’t matter how great their boobs look, etc… as long as they’re female and have nipples… that works for most men! :). And what about the Indian cricket team’s coach who’s advised his team to have sex before they play… in order to improve their game ?!

And in the late news… gotta give it up for the daring robbers who flew a stolen helicopter onto the roof of a security company in Sweden and used sledgehammers to break through the roof, making of with a rug and cash, flying off into night. Not that I condone the theft… but it was a daring robbery nonetheless.

End of a busy week

Well, I’ve taught my two lessons for the day, and know what I’ll be doing next week. Still have a couple of (major) problems that I need to resolve, and I can hopefully turn that around over the course of my next two visits, as I won’t be (much) teaching over the next two weeks.

Anyway, almost time to go home, crash at the end of a long week, and watch a couple of movie’s. And work on my assignments.

The story so far… and preparation for Friday’s class

Now that have submitted my chemistry assignment, and Brett has sent me a status update for the two classes I’ll be teaching tomorrow, I can start planning what I will be teaching tomorrow. I already have a rough idea how I want the Year 10 science class to go, and Brett has suggested a video that will nicely round of the “Energy and Food Webs” workbook. I then start with booklet four, and see how much we cover in the remainder of the lesson. So now I just have to write up the PowerPoint and lesson plan, which I am working on right now :-).
The second class that I have to plan for, Year 8 Core Studies A, is interesting, as it is a repeat class for me, as the last one didn’t go so well, so Brett has given me the option of him not covering that content and me having a second attempt at it. The only problem is, I haven’t been able to find any decent support material for it. I can find plenty of stuff on perimeter and area, but nothing that covers volume. So that one will take a little more thinking, and at the present time, I’m thinking of using the worksheet that I didn’t end up using last week, and just exercise a little more behaviour management this time :-\.