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Explore how computers see the world, and more at CSU


Wednesday, 30 May 2018

* CSU Engfest to host Questacon’s Byte Wise travelling exhibition in Bathurst

* A range of fascinating and interactive scientific experiences

* Exhibition explores computational thinking, programming, algorithms, patterns, irrational numbers, measurement, geometry, logic, and problem solving.

* Will inspire and build understanding of computational thinking and its everyday use

How do you give instructions to a computer? A new traveling exhibition at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst from Tuesday 5 to Thursday 7 June will explore the thinking behind the technology we use every day.

The CSU Engineering Engfest event will host a range of fascinating and interactive scientific experiences as part of the Byte Wise travelling exhibition created by Questacon, the National Science and Technology Centre in Canberra.

Suitable for ages 10 and over, the Byte Wise exhibition explores key themes of computational thinking, including programming, algorithms, patterns, irrational numbers, measurement, geometry, logic, and problem solving. Byte Wise will inspire visitors’ curiosity and confidence, and build greater understanding of both how computational thinking works, and how it’s used in everyday life.

Director of CSU Engineering Professor Euan Lindsay (pictured) said, “CSU Engineering is focused on opening our doors to the community, to connect students − of all ages − to the relevance of their current studies to the real world, demonstrate the role of future engineers, and celebrate the difference that human-centred engineering makes every day”.

With hands-on exhibits like The Game of Nim, visitors can match a mechanical computer in a battle of wits. While they devise their winning strategies, they’ll also learn about early programming, and how to physically implement logic and decision-making in mechanical computers.

“We are really excited to host the Byte Wise exhibition and look forward to seeing the community enjoy all of the activities on offer,” Professor Lindsay said.

“The Questacon exhibit is a highlight of ‘Schools and Community Day’ at this year’s Engfest. In addition to Byte Wise, our student engineers’ projects will be exhibited, there will be tours of the building, ‘maker space’ lab demonstrations, and information sessions for prospective students on the day.”

The Byte Wise Exhibition will be on display as part of Engfest which runs from Tuesday 5 to Thursday 7 June. For the full Engfest program and to register for sessions go to https://www.csu.edu.au/engfest/program

Media contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

For more information and to arrange interviews with Director of CSU Engineering Professor Euan Lindsay contact Ms Lisa Ditchfield on 0429 109 140.

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