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Coding a virtual spacecraft in HappyBrackets – Sydney

Join Dr Angelo Fraietta as he explores how to make studying astronomy both creative and fun. Learn how to program the virtual spacecraft and travel to various places using Stellarium planetarium software in this creative coding workshop.

When: Saturday, August 17 2019. 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
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Where: University of NSW
Anzac Parade, Kensington, NSW, 2052
Topic: Space and astronomy, Innovation and technology
Cost: Free
Bookings: 02 9385 7922
s.hengst@unsw.edu.au
https://www.science.unsw.edu.au/
Other: Wheelchair access

Join Dr Angelo Fraietta as he explores how to make studying astronomy both creative and fun. ¬†Angelo recently developed a virtual spacecraft simulator game, where the goal for the player is to navigate their way to various planetary or stellar objects in the sky with a ‘sonified Raspberry Pi’. He developed a software library that allows people to extract astronomical data from scientific catalogues and use this as an input for generating music.

In this workshop, students will learn how to program with HappyBrackets, a Java-based creative coding tool kit, for their physical virtual spacecraft that enables it to simulate a zero-G environment, and to navigate their way to various planets by manipulating the spacecraft in your hands. Students will also learn how easy it is to obtain astronomical data from scientific catalogues and to use this data to algorithmically generate sound or music. The session will conclude when students have the opportunity to generate a personal mobile phone ringtone based upon the stars that were present in the sky at the time and location of their birth.

Dr Angelo Fraietta is a Postdoctoral fellow at the UNSW Sydney in the Interactive Media Lab. Angelo specialises in the development of interactive software and hardware devices for artistic, academic and industrial use. He recently ran a successful workshop at the Powerhouse Museum where students learned to creatively code their own musical instruments.

The event is suitable for stage 5 and 6 high school students.

Contact details:

Shane Hengst
University of New South Wales
Email: s.hengst@unsw.edu.au
Phone: 02 9385 7922

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