Casuarina Senior College (CSC) students Dominic Thompson and Imma Claire Elivera won two awards at the 2018 GovHack competition for the STEM-focused project they’re working on as part of the Top End P-TECH pilot.
The students worked with industry mentor Justin Schmidt and local engineer Rowshni Ahmed to further develop the ‘Darwin Heatsync Project’, which involves using heat sensor technology to help make Darwin a cooler, healthier and more connected city.
‘Team Heatsync’ won first place in the ‘Make Darwin the coolest city around’ and ‘Connecting the health and fitness community in the CBD’ challenges at GovHack 2018. Each prize won the team $750.
Dominic and Imma Claire also won $500 for the ‘NT Spirit of GovHack’ award and a golden ticket, which included flights, accommodation and tickets to the invite-only national GovHack finals red carpet event held in Sydney in November.
GovHack is an annual Australia-wide event which brings application developers and data providers together in competition to find innovative ways to use publicly-released government data to create, build and invent open source data solutions for a range of challenges.
Dominic and Imma Claire are building heat sensor technology, placing these sensors at key public spaces across Darwin, and through GPS tracking, monitor, in real time – from the classroom – local temperatures throughout the day at each location. They take existing open data sets such as car parks, bike paths, tree cover and the greater Darwin map, and overlay it with this new data.
“I really love that through this project we are helping to contribute to the revitalisation of Darwin city, and the mitigation of the urban heat island effect in order to make Darwin a cooler more liveable city,” Dominic says.
Through their project, Imma Claire and Dominic are applying STEM skills they are developing through Casuarina Senior College’s Centre of Excellence STEM pathway program and Top End Pathways in Technology (P-TECH) program.
This year, six groups of Casuarina First Year students, including Imma Claire and Dominic, are piloting the Top End P-TECH program. Funded by the Federal Government and facilitated by Skilling Australia Foundation, Casuarina Senior College is part of the Top End P-TECH Partnership – the only P-TECH partnership in the Northern Territory.