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​Greg Lloyd discusses the wonderful world of Mechatronics


On the Saturday before the start of Term 3 I hosted a meeting of colleagues from Griffith University and several other local high schools. Dr Jun Jo from Griffith University is currently President of the International Robotics Olympiad Committee and after hosting the Asian-Pacific Competition round at Tallebudgera last December has been keen to establish a local infrastructure to promote this interesting area of education. An interschool competition is currently being planned for next year as the first step to including high school students to competition on an international level.
So, “what is Mechatronics?” I hear you ask. This subject weaves together the curriculum areas of Science, Mathematics and Information Processing Technology. It teaches mechanical construction, physical concepts such as velocity and electronics and logic through several computer programming languages. This subject is currently running in Year 10 providing a pathway into senior programming courses and it is envisaged that in the next few years a senior Mechatronics course may be offered at Southport State High School. This course will be designed to give pathways straight into computer programming and electrical engineering courses at Griffith University and in fact, some of the senior units will be accredited towards a university degree. Units on electronics will be taken straight from the TAFE syllabus and consequently offer an alternate tertiary pathway if desired. Participating students may also be considered for pre-selection into appropriate bachelor degree courses.
As an academic school, the addition of a Mechatronics course to Southport State High School promises to provide students with exciting new opportunities to develop learning along productive pathways with excellent educational outcomes.
Mr Greg Lloyd
Mechatronics Teacher