For the past few days, dLux artist and National dLab Facilitator, Annie McKinnon has been working with students from Coonabarabran High School on a project that they will showcase tomorrow at the Dubbo Sustainable City Expo & Science Festival.
At the beginning of the week, Annie asked the participants "What is something that we could make better in Coonabarabran?" and after a brainstorming session they came up with a way to prototype a motion sensor that will activate the street lights in town turning on when needed and switching off when not. If realised, this idea would eliminate light pollution, save energy and allow a clearer view of the night sky as intended by the International Dark Sky Park project that inspired the prototype.
This is the second of three residencies for this year. Each engagement period has centred around a program called 'Thinking Machines' where students are encouraged to use design-thinking, problem-solving and teamwork to use technology for positive outcomes either for the school or the wider community.
dLux would like to thank Coonabarabran High School and Orana Arts for their involvement and assistance on this program.