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    I have several very bright boys in my Year 11 class and have been trying hard to give them lots of scope in the development of a digital outcome. The boys decided to undertake a robotics project as their main project for the year. Please understand that I have a minimal knowledge of robotics and so cannot assess them using the electronics Standards. Instead I have used AS91046 Concept and AS91047 Prototype. My question is, am I also able to assess them using AS91073 Digital Media? The project the three boys are engaged in has three parts. a) Connor will decide on the electronic componentry needed to build the robot, i.e., the motors, sensors, cables, wires, cards, battery, etc. Using an Arduino, he will write the code required for it to interact with Josh’s Raspberry Pi Zero which will be the basis of the mobile robot used to navigate the maze. Connor will also assist Josh in building the Raspberry Pi Zero robot. b) Josh will work on assembling the Raspberry Pi Zero – wheels, sensors, etc., and also write the program needed to tell the robot how to move through the maze. c) Dakota will add a camera to the Raspberry Pi Zero robot. He will assemble and program the camera that will be used to capture and relay visual (video/images) of the robot’s journey through the maze. So each boy has to make his part interact with the other parts which to me mean that there are different elements of digital media interacting. When I look at AS91073, for Achieved it states: "applying formatting techniques and design elements as appropriate to the media type and requirement of the outcome." I am unsure about the word "formatting techniques". I can see how what they are doing can be covered under design elements as they will have to design their outcomes in keeping with their individual hardware/software. I am not so clear about "formatting techniques". Can this be covered by the fact that the boys will be having to structure their programs, hardware, and software appropriately to suit their specific needs.

    Answer

    The creation of a robot does not fit the definition of Digital Media. In the sense used in this standard, a medium is something which carries communications for people, so media types are things like sound (audio), moving images (video), and static images. The robot itself is not a medium in this sense.

    Students could use the construction of the robot as a topic for a digital media outcome, such as a video or website. They could also make a desktop published instruction manual for the robot.

    For a video, the students could video the construction and working of the robot. Editing the video will give evidence on one media type. For a second media type, students could insert edited still images they have taken or voice over from an edited sound file. Likewise, a website could document the build and use embedded video.

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