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Technology Years 9-13
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Nanogirl and the Incredible World of Nanotechnology

Technology Years 9-13
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  • GPS takes lead as blind navigate around the city
    Manawatu Standard news article, 16 February, 2012

    American businessman Mike May was a keynote speaker at the Massey University-hosted International Mobility Conference, where he demonstrated a device that enables blind people to navigate independently using GPS technology. The device, which resembles a small keyboard that sits on a strap across the shoulder, scans the user's area every 12 seconds and speaks out loud the street names, landmarks and business as they walk near them.

    Discussion starter:

    • Enterprise activity: socio-cultural influence on new product development.

  • Deciding the fate of the Christchurch Cathedral
    TV3 Campbell Live video, 14 February, 2012

    What will become of New Zealand's most recognisable church and symbol of Canterbury, the Christchurch Cathedral? Campbell Live takes an extensive look at the damage to the Cathedral.

    Discussion starter:

    • Construction Technology: maintaining the integrity of a structure.

  • NZ Steel signs on with Carbonscape
    Idealog Daily Bacon, 12 February, 2012

    New Zealand Steel has signed a future supply agreement with Marlborough cleantech company Carbonscape, and is exploring other options for making use of Carbonscape’s patented microwave technology. Carbonscape has developed a process for converting forestry waste into high value carbon products, including metallurgical coke, which can be used as a fuel and in the steel making process.

    Discussion starters:

    • Processing Technologies: proof of concept; scale-up; commercialisation
    • Nature of Technology: collaborative interdisciplinary practice

  • License needed for DIY work
    TV3 News video, 11 February, 2012

    There are concerns New Zealand's DIY culture may be under threat when new building rules come into effect next month. The regulations mean anyone doing work that will affect a building's structural integrity will have to be licensed.

    Discussion starter:

    • Nature of Technology: Consumer protection - regulatory assurance.

  • Rural Taranaki horrified by fracking risk
    TV3 Campbell Live video, 9 February, 2012

    The traditional way to get oil and gas is to drill in and extract it. Increasingly it also involves a technique called hydraulic fracturing, more commonly known as fracking. Industry players say that fracking has revolutionised the once-dwindling US gas industry, opening up previously inaccessible or uneconomic areas, and they say it has the potential to be just as revolutionary, and lucrative, here in New Zealand.

    Discussion starters:

    • Nature of Technology: socio-cultural influences.
    • Energy technologies: cost-effective extraction processes; environmental safety.

  • Rotorua residents face legal battle over sinking homes
    TV3 News video, 8 February, 2012

    A group of Rotorua homeowners are left wondering who to turn to after their houses began sinking. The land their homes are on has been declared unsafe, and they are being taken to court. But the residents say when they bought into their subdivision they were not aware of any problems.

    Discussion starter:

    • Construction Technology: site preparation; building consent processes.

  • Monkey business leads to games success
    NZ Herald online article, 6 February, 2012

    The New Zealand video game development industry grew by 46% last year, boosted by the huge growth of smartphone and online gaming, according to a survey of developers. Ninja Kiwi Games, one of the country's most successful game companies, began by developing online puzzle games but then they came up with Bloons, a game which pits a monkey with a dart against a bunch of balloons. The company's turnover is now in the high seven-figure bracket.

    Discussion starters:

    • Digital Technologies : smartphone 'applications'.
    • Gaming technology: safe storage of game data.
    • Innovation and Enterprise: international partnerships

  • A Bridge Built to Sway When the Earth Shakes
    New York Times online article and video, 6 February, 2012

    Venture deep inside the new skyway of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, and it becomes clear that the bridge's engineers have planned for the long term. At intervals inside the elevated roadway's box girders are anchor blocks, called deadmen, cast into the structure. They are meant to be used decades from now, perhaps in the next century, when in their old age the concrete girders will start to sag. The deadmen are one sign that the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge, which includes the skyway and a unique suspension bridge, is meant to last at least 150 years after its expected opening in 2013.

    Discussion starter:

    • Construction and Mechanical Technologies: Structures - self anchored suspension bridges; seismically secure design.

  • Kiwi gaming industry's best kept secret
    Stuff.co.nz article, 4 February, 2012

    Hardcore gamers have probably heard of Sidhe - the creators of Shatter and Rugby Challenge, and maybe even the Auckland branch of the massive mobile gaming company Gameloft, which primarily makes mobile versions of already popular games. But most won't have a lot of experience with SmallWorlds, if any.

    Discussion starters:

    • Digital Technologies: digital self expression; social, browser-based casual simulation games; standardised platforms; globalised development and publication; multiple language technology.
    • Enterprise: 'Freemium' business model; games industry growth patterns.

  • On the hunt for zero waste
    TV3 Campbell Live video, 2 February, 2012

    Ever asked for your cucumber without the plastic wrap, or your steak without the tray? You might want to soon. In Auckland the council is set to charge residents for their waste. A law passed three years ago means councils around the country are preparing radical new waste plans which for most people means hitting them where it hurts - in the pocket.

    Discussion starters:

    • Recycling technology: process efficiencies.
    • Technological Products: material sustainability.

  • Wanaka's recycling success
    TV3 Campbell Live video, 2 February, 2012

    One small town in the South Island could really teach Auckland a lesson or two about recycling.Wanaka has had a very effective programme running for ten years now, and manages to recycle 40 percent of the town's waste.

  • Tracking the mighty albatross
    TV3 News video, 31 January, 2012

    The albatross is one of New Zealand's most recognised birds, but there is one thing we are yet to find out about them. Research at Otago University hopes to uncover just where the royal albatross goes when it flies out to see, thanks to the help of a cellphone SIM card.

    Discussion starters:

    • Nature of Technology: alternative function.
    • Digital Technologies: remote monitoring.

  • Simulators help surgeons hone their craft
    TV3 News video, 28 January, 2012

    Middlemore Hospital has two new simulators that will change the way surgeons throughout the country are trained. Until now, junior doctors have learned on real people, but a new machine, called a laparascopic simulator, or LapSim, lets them make their surgical mistakes in a virtual world, long before they enter an operating theatre.

    Discussion starter:

    • Medical technologies: training techniques - engagement; mitigation of risk.

  • An explosion last May at a Foxconn factory in Chengdu, China, killed four people and injured 18. It built iPads. Photo: Color China Photo, via Associated Press.In China, Human Costs Are Built Into an iPad
    The New York Times online article, 25 January, 2012

    In the last decade, Apple has become one of the most successful companies in the world, in part by mastering global manufacturing. Apple and its high-technology peers have achieved a pace of innovation nearly unmatched in modern history. However, the workers assembling iPhones, iPads and other devices often labour in harsh conditions. Problems are as varied as onerous work environments and serious - sometimes deadly - safety problems.

  • How Kodak squandered every digital opportunity it had
    Stuff.co.nz technology posting, 24 January, 2012

    In the past 15 years, digital technology changed photography dramatically, and Kodak, a former heavyweight in the analog film business, got left behind.

    Discussion starters:

    • Nature of Technology: socio-cultural influences - innovative spirit; consumer trends; market forces
    • Intellectual property: asset value.
    • Digital Technologies: photo sharing - 'the killer app'.

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