Tag Archives: Problem Solving

Australian Science & Mathematics School

No uniforms, open plan learning and a wonderful happy school environment! I only wish I could have gone to the Australian Science & Mathematics School. Specifically designed to cater for students with an interest in Maths and Science, the non-selective government school based at Flinders University in Adelaide is a remarkable example of the future facing experiential education at its best.

This impressive campus and program is for years 10-12 and all education starts with a major social, health, technical, or world-wide problem. The challenge is to find solutions to these problems through the effective practical application of Science and Maths.

With self-directed learning a key component of the school, this was a highlight of my year being able to visit and see such an effective teaching and learning environment in action.

For more information about the Australian Science & Mathematics School:

https://www.asms.sa.edu.au

http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/future-proof-promo/7562184

AFP & International Training

How would you react when thrown in the deep end? Foreign country, different culture, different language and all you have to do is build an effective police force from scratch.

In this episode we talk with Rebecca Cameron, former Australian Federal Police officer who shares her experiences on building police force capacity in war ravaged East Timor. From basic police work and training in Australia, to a far more politically and culturally complex overseas policing with the United Nations International Police Force, this is a fascinating insight into how we can learn from and with other and build something from scratch.

We dive deeply into practical skills development in an occupation that relies on situational awareness, adaptability and problem solving skills.

For more information on the AFP and UNAMET:

https://www.afp.gov.au/what-we-do/our-work-overseas

https://unmit.unmissions.org

https://foreignminister.gov.au/releases/1999/fa067_99.html

https://www.facebook.com/TheFigTreeForest/

 

GovHack & Problem Solving

What better way to spend the weekend than to take some government data and hack it! No it’s not quite wikileaks! No breaking into filing cabinets we find at second hand furniture stores in Canberra! It’s a competition to see who can creatively use the masses of government datasets available to the public.

In this episode, we talk with Matt Purcell, Head of Digital Innovation at Canberra Grammar School and former ACT Director of GovHack in Canberra. We explore some of the ways GovHack came about, what it’s all about and how this sort of experience translates back into the digital classroom. We also explore the process of problem solving for students in the context of learning to code and creating effective partnerships between education and business.

It’s a fun and interesting look at some great challenges available for students, which connects them with government departments and wider tech industry players.

For more information on GovHack and stuff we talk about:

https://govhack.org

https://www.microsoft.com/en-au/hololens

https://www.microsoft.com/en-au/store/p/holoelements/9n9g3vlcbjj3

https://cgs.act.edu.au