D&T Expo Day 2 – Students visiting the event

The second day of the D&T Expo (23rd April) was open for schools to bring along their students.  Around 300 students from different schools around Malta and Gozo attended for the event.  The floor was divided into three main areas: an area exhibiting D&T students work, an area for hands-on activities and the remaining areas for demonstrations by the DTLC and other entities from the MRO event.

During this very busy day, students from the 24 participating schools not only helped to make their stand look at its best, but also explained to other visitors their own projects. Immediately after their first look around, students were enrolled in different challenges and started working, designing and creating things together.

The teachers and technicians on the Expo floor helped all groups to achieve their designs and to control their enthusiasm which  truly equated to very well behaved students throughout the event. Stalls with robotic activities introduced D&T students to the possibilities of robotics and demonstrated how this technology is complimentary with D&T in many ways. The following images testify the students’ engagement and the overall success of the event.

 

Students visiting the exhibits
Students visiting and manning the exhibition area
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Welcoming students to the D&T Expo
Students attending their own school stand
In the foreground: students attending their own school stand. In the background: students viewing the exhibits of other schools

Students demonstrating their work to other students from a different school
Students proudly demonstrating their work to other students from a different school
The hands-on area bustling with activity
The hands-on area bustling with activity
Student making their model as part of the "Eco-City Challenge"
Student making their model as part of the “Eco-City Challenge”
A team effort to complete a model for the
A team effort to complete a model for the “Eco-City Challenge” on-site in a time span of one hour
One of the completed models for the
Students carrying their completed model for the “Eco-City Challenge” towards the exhibiting area
The Eco-City models of different groups
The Eco-City models of different groups
Students making their structure for the
Students making their structure for the “How far can you go?” challenge
Students testing the model-car launching structure
Students testing their model-car launching structure
A teacher measuring the distance that the model-car travelled in the
A teacher measuring the distance that the model-car travelled in the “How far can you go?” challenge
Students expressing their views on D&T
Students expressing their views on D&T
A support teacher from the DTLC demonstrating the vacuum-forming process
A support teacher from the DTLC demonstrating the vacuum-forming process
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D&T Expo Day 1 – Evening Public Event alongside MRO activities

On the evening of the 22nd April, the D&T Expo and MRO were open to public.  The D&T Expo continued with its exhibition of D&T students’ work from around Malta and Gozo, demonstrations of working processes from the DTLC and hands-on activities for the visitors.

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Overall view of the Boċċi Drome showing both the D&T Expo and MRO activities
The Expo open to public
The Expo open to public
Visitors watching the D&T exhibits
Visitors watching the D&T exhibits
Visitors participating in the
Visitors participating in the “How far go you go?” challenge manned by the D&T Educators Association (DTEAM) Executive Committee members
One of the robotics activities
One of the robotics activities
DTLC support teacher demonstrating how to impregnate acrylic paint onto laser-engraved plastic
DTLC support teacher demonstrating how to impregnate acrylic paint onto laser-engraved plastic
D&T teachers demonstrating the use of the vinyl cutting machine
D&T teachers demonstrating the use of the vinyl cutting machine
MRO awards ceremony
MRO awards ceremony
One of the MRO award-winning groups holding a trophy which was design and produced at the DTLC
One of the MRO award-winning groups holding a trophy which was design and produced by the DTLC

D&T Expo Day 1 – Morning event along MRO competition

On the 22nd April MRO was due to bring to the Cottonera Sport Pavilion 17 teams competing in the Malta Robotics Olympiad. Meanwhile D&T Expo provided a supporting exhibit of technology projects designed and produced by students and teachers from the Design and Technology classes from all over Malta.

D&T Expo section along MRO competition morning. Schools were invited to set up their stand during this time.
D&T Expo section along MRO morning competition. Schools were invited to set up their stand during this time.
The MRO Robot track and the judging panel.
The MRO robot track and the judging panel.
Lego NXTs lined up for the battle! all the teams excited to perform on the MRO official track.
Lego NXTs lined up for the battle!  All teams were excited to perform on the MRO official track.
DTLC stand set up to demonstrate CAD/CAM processes such as laser cutting, cutting plotter, heat-transfers on textiles and vacuum-forming on plastics
DTLC stand set up to demonstrate CAD/CAM processes such as laser cutting, cutting plotter, heat-transfers on textiles and vacuum-forming on plastics
Hon. Chris Agius Parliamentary Secretary for Youth and Innovation and Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando, CEO for MCST visiting school exhibits at the D&T Expo 2015.
Hon. Chris Agius Parliamentary Secretary for Research, Innovation, Youth and Sport and Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando, CEO for MCST visiting school exhibits at the D&T Expo 2015.
Hon. Chris Agius Parliamentary Secretary for Youth and Innovation experiencing the vaccum forming process and moulding a robotic face mask designed by DTLC design and  support team staff.
Hon. Chris Agius, Parliamentary Secretary for Research, Innovation, Youth and Sport experiencing the vacuum forming process and moulding a robotic face mask designed by DTLC support teachers.
Hon. Said and Dr.Pullicino Orlando visiting churchs schools stands
Hon. Said and Dr.Pullicino Orlando visiting churchs schools stands

 

22nd and 23rd April 2015 D&T Expo and Malta Robotics Olympiad opened their doors to the Public

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The organising team for the overall technological events was set up by Education Officers from Computing and D&T, e-Learning department HoDs, MCST officials and IMS CEO. The team met as early as November 2014 when the idea of a larger joint event was taken up.

The Malta Robotics Olympiad (MRO) has five-year experience in the event and have been looking forward to expand the activity in different ways. The MRO competition attracts 15-20 groups each year to compete in robotic tasks.  Junior and Elementary categories are available for schools.  An open category is also available to all ages to bring a robotic maker culture in the equation.

The D&T Expo was the first of its kind but the Design & Technology Learning Centre (DTLC), which organised the event, had previously participated in other Tech fairs locally, namely the EMBED, which was also the cradle of MRO. This year, however, DTLC opted to introduce a full EXPO concept that went beyond a stand that represents the subject. In fact, the D&T Expo 2015  aimed to bring together all state and church schools in a full day of D&T activities, while exhibiting D&T work from schools to other schools but also to the general public.

Thanks to the second day extension of the original MRO date, all entities could come together for the first public event in technology and robotics.  The Event which took place at the Cottonera Sport Complex, happened on the 22nd April 5-8 pm. On the same day, MRO held a full day of competitive robotic challenges, while D&T were there with a display of projects and CNC demonstration. The evening event was eventually a shared floor between the two entities and attracted more than 300 visitors from the general public. This was a real success as the unprecedented event succeeded in establishing itself as the only Tech and Robotics convention with the participation of students, parents, stakeholders, various departments and sponsors.

The 22nd April evening event can now only grow further as it has laid the ground for future improvement and received very good endorsements and coverage.  Hon. Chris Agius, Parliamentary Secretary for Research, Innovation, Youth and Sport, visited the event both in the morning and also presented awards to the MRO winning teams in the evening.

Meanwhile The D&T expo was officially launched by Hon. Agius on the same event.