C2C Projects

Student Led Projects

The project building part of the C2C program has got to be one of the most exciting elements of this program. Deciding on what project to build and then actually building and testing it, is not only enjoyable and rewarding, but a great educational journey. The most amazing creations have been produced by the schools. Students learn a tremendous amount about new technologies such as: how to design and build electronic circuits; how to program them; how to design and construct objects using CAD and CAM software programs.

The first step in this journey is deciding what project to undertake. This process is generally achieved by:

  • Every member of the group having an opportunity to propose a project that they would enjoy
  • The next step is for the group to review the proposals and vote on each one, based on its merits. This generally produces a short list of three to four projects

The students then match the shortlist against the feasibility of being able to actually design and build the project. This includes considering areas such as:

  • What skills would be required, and how could these new skills be accessed?
  • What information needs to be researched?
  • What physical resources may be required, such as programmers, test equipment, machinery, components etc?
  • How long would it take to build, and how much would it cost?
  • How valuable would the project be for the community or industry?

Once the project has been agreed upon, the next stage is to scope the entire project, ie to work out exactly what is required to successfully complete the project. Depending on the size of the class, this stage often leads to separate teams being formed, each being responsible for completing a specific part of the project. These teams often include:

  • A hardware development team, which would design and build the electronic circuitry
  • A programming team, which would write and debug the software
  • A manufacturing team, which would learn how to build using CAD and CAM programs
  • A graphic design team which would prepare all the documentation, posters and layout for the final Expo. This could include a PowerPoint presentation and website development

Each team works independently, as well as communicating with the other teams, to ensure that the individual components will come together in the end.

As the project is being developed the students learn and develop basic project management skills such as:

  • How to develop a project plan
  • The ability to identify and address problematic areas of the project, in a systematic way
  • The benefits and procedure of protecting the project's IP (Intellectual Property)
  • Implementing and monitoring the necessary occupational health and safety requirements
  • Implementing quality assurance reviews
  • Adopting a continual improvement culture

 

Click on the following articles to review a cross section of C2C projects undertaken by various schools, with students ranging from years 9 through to 11. These projects generally took one semester to take them from Concept to Creation!

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Permeable Paving - Water Harvesting

This group of students designed an automatic watering system that would use grey water from run off and direct rainfall to help water bamboo which would in turn help to feed Adelaide’s Pandas, Wang Wang and Funi.
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Auto-Fish Feeder

This group agreed that a benefit of electronic engineering is the ability to create gadgets that could carry out certain tasks for you. From this the group decided to design and build an Automatic Fish Feeder. It could be programmed to dispense the exact amount of food at the right times during each day.
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Automated Drinks Mixer

This group of students came up with the concept of constructing a mixer which will take set amounts of beverages and pour them into a glass thus making a cocktail.
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Wireless Object Locator

"Where did I put my car keys?" is a question that you must have heard many times in your life! How often have you put something down and then spent ages looking for it? Well, this group decided to invent a gadget that would end this frustration!
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Speech Generator for Autistic Children

The students identified a truly community driven project; a device that would give a voice to autistic people! Autism is a neurological disorder that affects a person's verbal communication capability
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Sight-Stick for the Blind

This group of students believed that they could develop a product that may assist the vision impaired. They believed that the white stick they used to navigate with provided a very limited range of detection as it was limited to sensing obstacles the length of the stick away.
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