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First Robotics

Who: FIRST Robotics

When: December 2014

Where: Sydney


FIRST‘s mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders through exciting mentor-based programs in a competition setting. Led by Change Makers Luan and Michael Heimlich, this is an Australian offshoot of the US First STEM Project, to interest children in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

First Robotics provide activities for Australian school children using robots (including Lego robot kits). During the RHoK Sydney summer hackathon the team concentrated on how to market the activities to parents and teachers. The team produced style guides, wire-frames and surveys for the website.

Witness King Tides

Who: Witness King Tides

When: Summer 2013

Where: Melbourne



Witness King Tides is a citizen science project that helps us visualise the potential future impacts of sea level rise. When king tides hit, they ask coastal communities around Australia to head out and snap pics of local landmarks during the very high tide. These photos capture what Australia's coastal communities may look like in the future, as global sea levels rise. Together, these images build a picture of the threat posed by sea level rise across Australia and help track the future impact of climate change.

The Witness King Tides team has been working with RHoK Australia since the 2013 Melbourne summer hackathon. Thanks to a series of RHoLLs and another hackathon, the team has developed a new website and app that is far more user friendly and robust.