Sensor Technology

For: Year 10, 11 and 12 students

Programs will commence on Tuesday 9 May 2017


This workshop incorporates information about the sensors used in our everyday lives and beyond, how our human senses function, and how our senses can be enhanced through sensor technology. By providing many common examples of sensors, both biological and technological, students can better understand what a sensor is and how it works.

The interactive laboratory activities focus on the operation of infra-red and ultrasonic sensors. Students will use myDAQ units, Vernier callipers, and LABVIEW software to collect and analyse data from the sensors.

What will students do?

Students learn about how human senses function and their limitations compared to the rest of the animal kingdom, and how sensor technology can enhance these abilities. Students undertake investigations using myDAQ equipment to collect and interpret data from infra-red and ultrasonic sensors.

As part of these activities, students:

  • Hypothesize, investigate and analyse the operation of the sensors
  • Collect experimental data
  • Graph the data using Excel
  • Use the results to calculate unknown distances
  • Investigate how different materials can mask sensor ability 


  • As this program is a practical activity, students and accompanying adults will be required to wear closed in shoes and appropriate dress.
  • Teachers will receive confirmation of booking and pre-visit information.


To book this program in Week 8, Term 3, please complete the booking form here

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