Watch the 2019 Becoming M.O.R.E. video
Listen to the 2019 Becoming M.O.R.E. podcast
St Thomas More College, Sunnybank, have developed the Becoming M.O.R.E. Program. This program is designed to help high achieving Year-11 students who are university bound to enrich their experience of senior secondary education and maximise their knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the profession they are interested in pursuing after Year-12.
At the recent yearly event, Principal Les Conroy talked about who makes a good role model.
“I think every day we look around the room and our students, our children come into contact with strong, purposeful, good role models,” Principal Conroy said in the video above.
“They’re you as parents, they’re us as teachers, there’s people in the community, they’re the mentors here tonight.
“And we can’t underestimate the powerful role that these people will play in these young people’s lives.”
Video and podcast transcript:
Les Conroy: Well, good evening everyone. Sorry, just doing a voice check. Hold it down here now. It’s all good. I’d like to do an acknowledgement of country before we start tonight’s proceedings. So in keeping with the spirit of reconciliation, we acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands where St Thomas More College now stands. The Jagera and Turrbal peoples and recognise that this has been a place of teaching and learning. We pay our respects to the elders past, present and emerging, and acknowledge the important role aboriginal and Torres Strait islander peoples continue to play within the community of St Thomas More College. Now name’s Les Conroy for those of you who I haven’t met, but many I have. I just want to start off with a bit of a story if I could, because I was sitting up here and I was reflecting on what I was going to say, and I looked at my sheet of paper and it dawned on me that people spend tens of thousands of dollars researching the difference between male and female.
Les Conroy: Tonight I’ve got the answer for you. This is what I use to mark my places on a notebook. This is what a girl uses to mark the places. So all the research they’ve done it’s post it notes, that makes the difference. And I said to Lauren, “Why would you use that post it note?” She said, “I just want to make your day.” So again, that’s the difference between males and females. It’s post it notes on a sheet of paper. So I’ve got puppy dogs that tell me speak now, stop speaking, sit down. It’s almost as if we’re married. Tonight when we look at these students and we see they’re Becoming M.O.R.E. Program, and I’m going to touch on some stuff that I learned last night. But during the week I spoke on assembly. Some students picked up different little stories from my speech. Thank God they were picking up stories because it means at least at some stage they were listening.
Les Conroy: But what I spoke about was role models and the importance of role models and legacy. And tonight we get to see that role model and legacy in action. But last night we went to a state P & F dinner, and they spoke about two things, what schools do and what parents do and what students do. And one was trust. And I’ll speak for a moment on that one. The other one was the importance of role models. And I think sometimes we look in the wrong places for role models. We look to football stars, we look to movie stars, we look to singers and so forth. The high profile people, and we say, well, they’re a role model for our young people. I actually think that’s incorrect. I think every day we look around the room and our students, our children come into contact with strong, purposeful, good role models.
Les Conroy: They’re you as parents, they’re us as teachers, there’s people in the community, they’re the mentors here tonight. And we can’t underestimate the powerful role that these people will play in these young people’s lives. So it might seem a little bit simplistic when they’re Becoming M.O.R.E. Program and to be looking at pathways, but I think it’s deeper than that. And it’s that connection. The other part is trust. And it was pointed out last night. The parents put a great deal of trust in us as a school, particularly when they pulled out, it was in prep that they’re handing their precious child to the primary school in complete trust to a stranger. And with that obligation of trust, there’s an obligation that we act ethically, and we become good role models and that we’ve joined that partnership. And I think we do that here tonight.
Les Conroy: The other part is it takes a village, doesn’t it? And that’s what we see tonight. We see people that aren’t necessarily connected to the school, but are connected to us through the young people, mentoring them and being good role models for the next generation. And I think this Program celebrates that and we should acknowledge the work that the role models or mentors do for our students. So with that in mind I should go to my post it note, I think, does it tell me to be quiet and sit down? Now I’ve got to acknowledge the special guests, because the little dog told me to. So our special guests, if I could read these out and acknowledge. Detective Senior Sergeant Richard Lacey, who we get back to the second year in a row from the Queensland police who we’ll hear from later tonight. And I always enjoy listening to his stories and his life journey, and it’s inspirational to us.
Les Conroy: Our judges, our favourite Bernadette, who is a former student of STMC. So we must be doing something right. And also our parent at the school. Chris Lawrence, who’s our board chair and also one of the judges tonight. And Jo Shearer, who is probably the best read judge here because she’s our librarian. She gets paid to read. The other people I’d like to acknowledge as a special guests is John, who’s representing Graham Perrett, so John, you’re most welcome to be here tonight. The federal member for Moreton, Peter Russo who comes to all of these events and supports us as a school, is a State Member for Toohey. Paula Goodwin, my boss. So if you see her, tell her what a great principal that you have, it’ll do me well in the future. And of course our great friends from Bendigo Bank, who are represented here with Linda and Peter who’s the chair of the Bendigo Bank at Acacia Ridge. Who when you talk about people who know the value of role models and being good mentors, this is not their core business, but they know that there’s a future in young people.
Les Conroy: And so they partnered with us in so many different ways it can’t be calculated. So though it’s not all the way economics. So some people put in with a great spirit of generosity. And of course, Janine Lawrence, who is our president of the P & F for many, many years to come. So thanks Janine for accepting that nomination. All right. Right Lauren? So cool. Okay. And over.
Alisha Gray: Good evening everyone, our names are Alisha Grey and Susan Edwards. It’s an honour to have taken part in this Program. I welcome you all to bow your heads as I lead us in this prayer this evening. In the name of the father, the son and the Holy Spirit. Amen. Dear God, as we gather here tonight as a community, I thank you for the blessings that we are given each day. Thank you for our friendship, for warmth, for conversation, for new ideas, for new beginnings, for new ways to grow.
Susan Edwards: As a community that is committed to the endeavour of following in the footsteps of St Thomas More. I pray that you guide us towards clarity and vocation and kindness towards all whom we encounter as God’s servants first. May your loving presence be our guide tonight and every day as we are challenged to share our gifts and talents with those less fortunate than us in the world. Amen in the name of the father, son, Holy Spirit. Amen.
Lauren Green: Thank you so much for that beautiful prayer. That was perfect. Good evening, special guest mentors, staffs, student and families of our participants. My name is Lauren Green and I am the enrichment Program leader for 2019. This evening comes as a highly anticipated final culmination of months of work for everyone who has been involved in this Program. I am delighted to have been able to work with experts, and not just their outstanding mentors, but our students. Students who have shown themselves to be of exceptional calibre when it comes to commitment, insight, creativity and persistence. They often say not to work with children and animals, but I think I found the antithesis. It has been absolutely delightful to work with teenagers and seasoned professionals.
Lauren Green: This year we have had 13 students participate in the Becoming M.O.R.E. Mentor Program. Each student has made the college exceptionally proud considering and taking care of their mentors, checking in with them, engaging in professional dialogue and embracing opportunities to learn more about their area of interest. I am delighted to present this year’s participants and recognise them for taking a risk to show that their true selves and colours can come out and to commit to something which is beyond our classroom walls here at the college. They have developed skills which will set them apart from their peers as they head towards the scary world of adult hoods. I would now like to invite each participating candidate to come and receive their certificate from Mr Conroy if he could join us on stage, the finalists will be presented later this evening. Please hold your applause until the end. Thank you Mr Conroy. Lovely.
Lauren Green: We’ll start off with Alicia Gray, Angela Crawford, Daniella Bonomo, Hayden Lamb, Isabella Pham, Maria Joseph. Perfect thank you. Oriel Hull, Rej Arabiran, Stephanie Morris and finally Susan Edwards. Well done students. Our mentors this year are exceptional. We are so fortunate to have such a diverse, accommodating and highly qualified list of professionals for 2019 as many of them are very busy. Unfortunately, they were unable to make it tonight. However, each student with a mental present tonight has a token of appreciation that they will give you at the end of the formal proceedings as a personal vote of things.
Lauren Green: I would now like to formally acknowledge each mentor now. Dr Ben Sparreboom, Dr Matthew Torbey, Ms Allison Stanford, Ms Karen Chandler, Ms Kim Bryson, Dr Glen Fox, Mr Scott McGibbon, Professor Lorraine Mazerolle, Mr Peter Wilkinson, Dr Christopher Flynn, Mr Peter Corica, Ms Kirsten Butler and Mr Joe O’Brien.
Lauren Green: As part of this Program and our highly anticipated culmination, all of our participants produced a seven to 10-minute multimedia presentation which detailed their experiences as a part of the Program. All students presented fantastically and you would have seen some of those participants downstairs. As an opportunity to show them as finalists, we have three students which have been selected, Hayden Boyle, Tavisha Kamdar and Luka Manitta. They will present for you this evening formally, and they will be placed as first, second or third by our three judges. Our judges this evening as Mr Conroy mentioned are Bernadette Alizart, a former STMC student and a speech writer for the Queensland Government. Chris Lawrence, Chair of the College Board and Johanna Shearer, current staff member and a Teacher Librarian here at our college. We are very lucky to have them here assisting us with this evening. Each presentation goes for 10 minutes as a maximum, but a warning will occur at two minutes. I would now like to introduce our first finalist, Mr Hayden Boyle.
Hayden Boyle: Good evening staff, parents, teachers and fellow students. My name is Hayden Boyle, and over the course of this Program I’ve been exploring the luxurious world of secondary teaching. Most people think they know what a teacher is with many saying that anyone can do it. A simple Wikipedia search finds us the definition that a teacher is a person who helps students acquire knowledge, competence and virtue. Whilst this is true, there are many more things that go into making a good teacher, but what might some of those be?
Hayden Boyle: The past few weeks I’ve asked a range of different staff and teachers to answer in a short sentence what they think makes a good teacher. Let’s see what they said.
Speaker: Commitment, builds relationships with kids it’s more than a job [inaudible 00:13:33] by the way. Vocation and commitment to [inaudible 00:13:36]. I think being able to relate with students and connecting with them on a relational level is very important. A professional who cares about children. Someone cares more than just about the results of the student, but about them growing out as a person. A great teacher is someone who’s consistently excited about learning themselves and someone who wants to share that excitement with their students. Being creative and [inaudible 00:14:09] and not doing the same thing the whole time. Someone that thinks outside the box sometimes to deal with the different people sitting in front of them. Someone who listens and someone who really cares. Somebody who connects with people and finds the humanity in others. Someone who really cares about students, someone who’s willing to build a relationship with their students and try to share their knowledge with the student.
Speaker: Passion, devotion, being just really passionate about a subject I think is really loving it. Somebody that doesn’t just teach but leads students. Someone who obviously cares about their students, cares about what they’re teaching them. Makes the learning fun and interesting, really engages the students and is well prepared.
Mr Craig: Developing rapport with students because if you have a really good relationship with them everything else comes much easier.
Les Conroy: A good teacher in my opinion is one who listens to their students, designs their curriculum around the current standards, but also does that with their students in mind.
Mr Thomas: Someone who firstly knows their subject matter. Secondly has an approach to teaching and learning, so he’s deliberate about how they deliver the teaching and learning. But also someone who’s compassionate because at the end of the day you’re not teaching subject matter, you’re teaching students.
Lauren Green: So what makes a good teacher I would say…..
Hayden Boyle: Sorry Ms Green looks like we’ve ran out of time. Well there you have it guys, a range of different responses from some of the best the school has to offer. Our learning goals for today. We are going to, if I can get it off, we are able to explore the profession of teaching and how it can impact students in a positive way and develop a better understanding of what makes a good teacher. And our success criteria is that we are able to or I am able to explicitly identify ways in which teachers contribute to the common good in society and can appreciate the play and extra work that all teachers do to ensure that all students are engaged, learning and achieving. Now in order to reach our learning goal, we have to understand a few things. The first thing we have to come to terms with is that teaching is so much more than just regurgitating the curriculum to students. After watching our video we have found so many qualities that make a good teacher.
Hayden Boyle: Some of the ones that stood out to me were the following. Mr Thomas said that at the end of the day you’re teaching students not subject matter, and that’s what’s at the very heart of teaching. Each individual student, Mrs Warner said, and Mr Conroy also said that each student learns differently. The role of the teacher is to think outside the box, to design their curriculum around the students and the way that they learn best. During the Program it has come so obvious to me that teaching is so much more than it is simply defined as. A perfect example of student-centred education is Seton College. Seton is one of 143 Brisbane Catholic education schools that caters for a high proportion of students with a disability. And during the course of the Program I had my mentor, Ms Karen Chandler, who is the assistant principal of Seton College. Ms Chandler started her teaching career in 2003, she holds a bachelor of education and a bachelor of arts and she also holds a masters in educational leadership, making her the perfect person to shadow throughout my days.
Hayden Boyle: With Ms Chandler as my mentor, I was given the opportunity to visit Seton, where I became Mr Boyle. During my visits, I was given a glimpse of the behind the scenes action and showing what goes into both making a school and how teachers prepare themselves for their lessons. Now, after awkwardly standing in the back corner of the classroom for a while, I was given the opportunity to interact with students and help them with their learning. This is where I began to really appreciate the work of Seton stuff. There is no denying that each class held some challenging students, students with unique ways of learning and needs. This meant that the teachers had to do so much more than just rewrite the curriculum on the whiteboard. They had to get to know their students and find the ways that they learnt best in order to make sure that everyone in front of them was engaged, learning and achieving.
Hayden Boyle: The dedication of these teachers really did prove the definition of teaching does the profession no justice, but the miracle work doesn’t stop there. In order for these teachers to find ways that their students learn best, they have to develop a relationship with their students. Mr Craig said that developing a rapport with students is very important because if you have a good rapport, everything else comes much easier. Mr Manana, Ms Malkay both said that the role of the teacher is someone who develops relationships with students and that to be a teacher is someone who is willing to do so. This is one of the attributes that I admired most about my mentor. As I shadowed her around the school ground, she knew the name of each and every student that she passed as she greeted them with a welcoming bright smile and a welcoming hello.
Hayden Boyle: This is something that I could only imagine would make each student feel incredibly special and would be so rewarding when it came to the classroom. As students or even as parents of students, we may be naive to the efforts that teachers go to to ensure that we are all engaged, learning and achieving. After discussing these topics and watching our video, I think we can create our own definition of what a teacher is. Our original definition says, a teacher is a person who helps students to acquire knowledge, competence or virtue. But I think a better definition is a teacher is a person who develops relationships with students in order to know how to design their lessons based on the ways the individual learns best as to help them acquire knowledge, competence and virtue. Because at the end of the day, education is the most powerful weapon that we can use to change the world. Okay, diaries out, your homework. I do something tangible or intangible to show my appreciation to a teacher for the continuous and positive ways they impact personal and community culture. Thank you.
Lauren Green: Thank you so much Hayden for that glowing personal reference you’ve given me there. Next up we’ve got lovely Tavisha Kamdar, who will be presenting on engineering. We’ve just got to get her miced up. And then we also have a little treat for you each that we will shortly distribute, which is based on Tavisha’s presentation. Now they’re biscuits and I have brought along gluten free options. So if that is you just let Tavisha or I know and we can sort that out for you. Thank you.
Tavisha: Good evening staff and students. If you don’t know me, my name is Tavisha Kamdar and I was one of the students who had a privilege of being chosen for becoming More career choice. So basically my career choice focused on one of the branches of civil engineering, structural engineering to be exact. Now you can search of the textbook definition of structural engineering or Google it in my case. And it will come up as a person who analyses designs, plans and researches structural components and systems to achieve design goals and ensure the safety of the users. Well, I don’t know about you, but for a teenager like me, those things can be pretty overwhelming. So let’s take it back to the basics. Now, if you have a biscuit, if you haven’t eaten it yet, I want you to hold it up like this and apply pressure right in the middle until it breaks. Yes.
Tavisha: So you realise that even though you applied the pressure in the middle the cut wasn’t clean, there was no warning and it was really sudden. Also feel free to eat it. Now you can. And structural engineers need to have a similar understanding of how materials like concrete, timber and steel work. They need to understand how these things behave under pressure or act under stress. They also need to understand the internal structure of everything around us basically, just like the biscuit, everything around us has a form. Anything you see, anything you come across, this easily allows them to predict failures or ensure safety even in the worst circumstances. Now, structural engineering you might have not known, has been a basis of our childhood. Now we’ve all played with Lego blocks and Jengas right? We’ve all come across situations in our lives where we had to manage not to make it fall. We had to make sure that it would stack properly and not fall again
Tavisha: And you might’ve not known, but you are not only educating yourself in the basic concepts of math and physics. The point I’m trying to make is that every day you do things, whether it be how you stack your boxes at home or how you stack your books on the shelves, we do things that involve the basis of structural engineering. It has been an important part of our society. Without it, the buildings would collapse, bridges would break, houses would crumble. And that’s really sad. So it has dictated the very foundation of our society. And it has been the backbone for many crazy architectural ideas, making them beautiful and safe at the same time, things like the Taj Mahal and the Leaning Tower of Pisa have stood the test of time.
Tavisha: So a bit about my mentor, I had the honour of being paired up with Mr O’Brien, who is principal structural engineer at Northolt. And when I started this journey, he guided me through the core concepts of what this profession is and what is expected. After the breakfast he gave me a general idea of what everything looks like and what the expectations were. So I did what any aspiring want to be engineer would do. I procrastinated.
Tavisha: And after a lot of procrastination, I built a bridge. After going through many designs, I came up with a small bridge that involved general concept of the Truss bridge designs making them out of small powder pop sticks and very little amount of glue. And so the I thought that the best way for me to possibly actually understand how the knowledge that was taught to me to apply it better. I thought that I should do a before and after project. So that was the before one. And during the breakfast I was like, “Do you have an office?” And he was like, “Yes.” “Do you have people who work there?” “Yes.” “Can I come and visit?” “Sure.”
Tavisha: So basically after a few talking and foundation, I went to his office. And there I met a really great team and the people he worked with. And I learned many things, many things such as the demands and the problems that he faced, communicating complex ideas such as the bridge in simple terms to his clients, and using both complex and general concepts of maths and physics to create work solutions and collaborating with different people. Anyone whether it would be other engineers, architects or builders.
Tavisha: So basically while there he gave me a project to work on. The project was to build a shed. Now I know what you’ll be thinking. A shed. Yes, a shed. He asked me to calculate dead load weight live load and wind load of one of the beams. And while it took him around 20 minutes to do the thing, it took me a bit under four hours. It took me about 20 hours and I was surprised myself, I was like, oof mess. I was surprised when he asked me to turn millimetres cubed to metres without a calculator. I was like, no, no, no, not the time.
Tavisha: So I went home and thought that maybe I can make this bridge better, maybe I can build something better that could actually have more structure soundness and structure integrity. So then again, I did a lot of procrastination and then I built a bridge, a better one. And as you can clearly see that this bridge has more structural integrity, more structural soundness, and has a solid foundation. So if you were to put anything on it, it would rather compact than collapsed at all. And I use the basic types of flows that I was taught and made sure that the weight exerts the force so the mass is spread evenly across the bridge. And while doing this, I quickly realised the importance of experience in any profession. While Joe has over 15 years worth of experience in this industry, I had approximately 10 hours. And realised that if I were to calculate the amount of weight that this bridge could actually hold, it could potentially take me days while he could’ve just done it by looking at it.
Tavisha: So now on to the industry, the engineering industry is always fast paced and always changing. The evolution of technology has had a profound impact on the industry in terms of calculating, collaborating and communicating. Back in those days, back in the Roman times, engineers would have had to calculate everything by head, do multiplications, converting from millimetres cubed to metres without a calculator. And it would have been a lot harder than it is now, but right now you can just do it by a click of a button on your calculator or even your laptop. Presentation. Even the presentation to the clients would have been totally different. Right now we have Programs, like Rabbit and Sketchup that easily allow us to show to the clients a better representation of what their dream house or their dream building could look like.
Tavisha: However, as I said before, everything is really fast paced and changing, whether it be the delivery time or the documentation or the construction process. Even one could say the representation of women in the management positions, which is one of actually the growing topics. Mr O’Brien told me that his company was actually focusing on hiring more women in management positions to ensure the equality and diversity in this profession. And he also told me that it’s not just about that it’s important to build a network around yourself. It’s important to connect with people no matter where you go, it doesn’t matter if you’re an adult or a teenager, it’s important to start. Whether at grade 11 or whether at the age of 26. This network helps establish a great pathway to success and the relationships that we build around the time help nurture the integral part of our success.
Tavisha: Now, as a kid, I’ve loved playing with Lego, and it has been a huge part of my life. As a student right now, I’m really passionate about structure engineering and I know the impact that it has on the society. And through Becoming M.O.R.E. Program I’ve had an amazing offer she needed to work with actual people in this profession to meet actually what they do and things that they deal with in real life. Now, as I said before, Lego was my favourite and I’ve loved building structures and hopefully if I’m going on the right path right now, I would be able to build structures that actually last. Thank you.
Lauren Green: Thank you very much Tavisha for that structurally sound and delicious presentation. Thank you. Next up we have Mr Luka Manitta, and he is going to be presenting to you the wonderful world of software engineering. He has grand ambitions, Luka and we are really looking forward to your presentation. He does have a bit of a sore throat at the moment, so we are micing him up and he’s going to make sure that he takes it really, really gently. When you’re ready Luka. Thank you.
Luka Manitta: Hello everyone. I’m Luka. Now you might be wondering where this is from. This is actually from the Microsoft office in San Francisco. We just got visited sometime ago and he picked it up there and I thought it was pretty cool. I thought I might as well use it in my presentation. Okay, well anyway, hi, I’m Luka Manitta and here’s just a few of my interests. As you may guess I’m quite interested in computers I liked them a fair bit, and it’s what I would like to do with my life. So tonight I get to talk to you a bit about, what I want my future to look like and how I’m going to get there. So my plan for maybe the next six years is to finish high school here hopefully and go on to study a computer science degree at a university of some sort probably in Brisbane as my mum would like.
Luka Manitta: And then from there move on to the great blue yonder and look for a job in the machine learning and artificial intelligence field. Now when I signed up for this Program, I was looking for some more information on the tech industry, because you can learn all the theory that you want but unless you know anything about the job that you’re doing, all of that doesn’t really mean much. And I was hoping to gain some knowledge and some insight into what I could be doing now to get myself to the place I wanted to be. The dispenser of this knowledge is my mentor, Mr Scott McGibbon. He is an experienced design lead at a company called Aveva 15 years as a product designer, the six most recent of which have been at Aveva. He works remotely with software engineering teams in companies around the world. And as I said before, he’s been overseas quite a bit and I’m quite envious and attended design conferences in those places.
Luka Manitta: So Aveva is a British multinational information technology company. Bottom line is they provide software solutions to industrial companies, factories and that kind of thing. And they do that by using the most current and most emergent technologies that are at their disposal. One of the examples of this is a platform called Aveva Insight, which Scott is working on at the moment. Insight basically takes industrial data, turns users machine learning and artificial intelligence to turn that data into recommendations and possible ways to go forward to fix potential issues. Now, Scott’s job or Scott’s role in all of this is to make sure that the interface between humans and the software is as streamlined and as effective as possible.
Luka Manitta: So you might have a couple of questions. What does a user experience designer do and how is it related to software engineering, artificial intelligence and machine learning? Well, basically without a human interface, without some way for people to interact with the software that they need to use, it doesn’t really matter how functional the software is, if it’s not useful in any way. And Scott is sort of working on that border between functionality and human interaction. So there are a lot of career opportunities in this field, in the tech industry for that matter. And information is shared globally all the time. So I wanted to know where do I start and who can I learn from? Well as we get into the presentation, we will see the connection between these three potentially strange topics to see all together on one screen. And we will first of all be looking at some information about artificial intelligence and machine learning before we go into some real life applications.
Luka Manitta: So basically it’s a simulation of human intelligence by machines. And in terms of machine learning that includes learning, reasoning and self-correction, and that can be used to analyse data very effectively and in ways that we couldn’t do before. It allows software to interpret and learn from vast volumes of data and use that to achieve goals that we set. So we’ll have a look at a quick example of one of these. If you could all pull out your phones, which I’m sure you have in your pockets somewhere. When you open them, open up your browser of choice. And when you’re there, I’d like you to search quick, draw two words. Now that should take you to a website, which will look quite fun, very yellow, there should be a button there that says, let’s go. We’ll start drawing or something like that. This will only take a minute. Press, let’s go see what happens. It will tell you to draw an object. It’ll give you 20 seconds. There will be six of these objects. And if you notice down the bottom of your screen, there’s a small speech bubble and there’ll be some words popping up in that speech bubble trying to guess what you’re drawing.
Luka Manitta: Now, that little speech bubble is actually a machine an artificial intelligence, drawing on its experiences from previous plays of the game. So when people play the game, it takes your input, characterises it, and sorts it into the word of what you’re trying to draw. So the more people play this, the better it gets at guessing what you’re trying to draw. And this is just a small rudimentary example of the power of machine learning and what it can do. How it works.
Luka Manitta: So let’s look at some real life examples. Now this is somewhere Scott has been in San Francisco. It’s a place called Cafe X and it’s a robotic coffee bar. We will just move into a video so we can have a look at how it works. It’s quite entertaining. So this robot is preparing coffee for customers, does a little dance sometimes. So while this might seem like something novel, like something that potentially doesn’t indicate a whole lot of usefulness, it does raise some very important questions about the future of humans interaction with the things around them. So currently a person walks into the cafe. You speak to the Barista, you give them your order, you pay, you say thank you, that kind of thing. In this example, a lot of those human aspects are actually removed.
Luka Manitta: So now the robot automates the entire process. You go in, you order, the robot, gives it to you, you move on. This raises some questions about the future of these types of interactions, but it can also allow for some very interesting things. For example, it could predict the coffee you’d like based on your facial expression or your order through facial recognition. Maybe you look very tired, it might suggest a double or triple shot instead. Another example which also involves replacing human interaction is Domino’s self-driving pizza delivery in San Francisco at the moment. It might be a bit strange to see that car driving around dropping off pizza when in fact there is no driver in it. It might even seem a little bit scary, but these are all things that need to be considered in the future of technology. Very quickly touch on a movie, the Hollywood aspect of things as you might remember from before, this movie, basically just a bit as a ship, people are asleep on the ship going to another planet.
Luka Manitta: The important thing is this ship runs self-diagnosis, repairs itself. There are pods which tell you what’s wrong with your body and can administer treatment, that kind of thing. And it might seem very far away now, but in fact, these kinds of things are already being used. For example, with the Aveva Insight project, the AI will analyse data to make recommendations and move forward from there. So the most important thing that I’ve learned from Scott is knowledge is key and how to expand my learning. So currently online, there are a lot of courses, that kind of thing. IBM, a big name in the tech industry is offering courses. Stanford University, one of the top universities in the world. Hey Mr Stanford, I saw you looking at me. But the most important thing I’ve learned is that social media is a very powerful learning tool. Particularly, we’re going to be talking about Twitter.
Luka Manitta: I did have Twitter before this Program. I only had it for one reason because, his Twitter antics can be quite hilarious at times. But I’ve learned from Scott that Twitter can be used for knowledge, not Kardashians. So leaders in tech regularly share their learnings and content from the cutting edge of technology on Twitter. So now following many of these people move through. We can’t talk about tech industry leaders without talking about Silicon Valley. However, there’s a lot more to the global tech community than meets the eye. There’s a number of these hotspots. Tel Aviv in Israel in particular is renowned for being a startup city, there are a lot of interesting startups which come from there. For example, Wix. You might be noticing a common theme here, a number of other tech hotspots. Now job roles, there are a number of jobs I can go into. Sorry, I think I’m running low on time.
Luka Manitta: Basically we’ve come to the end of this presentation. Now we can see the relationship between these topics. We’ve seen self-driving cars in San Francisco, we’ve seen that there’s most of the global tech community than we think. For example, Tel Aviv, and in Hollywood the concepts and things we see there are much closer to today than we think. So through this Program first and foremost, I’ve learned how to teach myself, how to put myself in a better position for the future and where I want to go. And every time I speak to Scott, every time I learn something new, it paints a more and more vivid picture of the future that we’re all going to be a part of and it’s one that I’m very, very excited to help create. Thank you.
Lauren Green: Thank you so much super Luka. All righty, we’re going to head to the part of the evening where our judges will deliberate their choices. So I will invite our three judges to take some leave to decide on the placing of the finalists.
Chris Lawrence: Thank you everyone, what an amazing night tonight has been from downstairs with the music, the food, the presentations to up here with the presentations. It’s been totally amazing. I’m sure you’d agree with me. There are a lot of people to thank and on behalf of the College Board and the college P & F I’d like to thank, Ms. Lauren Green for all of your organisation of this Program. My daughter. Our eldest daughter went through this Program a number of years ago. She came to Janine and I and she said, I want to be a fashion designer and we looked at each other and went, now what? I was a police officer for 25 years. It was blue, blue, or blue. But no, thank you Lauren for all your work. To the admin staff that have helped Lauren organise tonight, to the music staff, the hospitality staff a heartfelt thank you to them as well from the College Board. To Mr Conroy our principal and the rest of the college leadership team thank you for supporting this Program and allowing it to continue in the college. Year on year, my fellow judges and myself all say that the job gets harder and harder and it certainly does.
Chris Lawrence: To the students. Well done to all of you. Mr Conroy asked me how the daytime judging went last week and I said I wish we could have given them all a prize, from people talking to animations on the screen that were talking back to them. And people telling me I was on the beach, to people scanning brains, to know where a psychopath could be, to my good mate senior sergeant, Richard Lacey. I think that would be a good thing in the job if we could scan brains. As a father of two daughters, I thought, when they start bringing boys home, that’d be a good idea. But then unfortunately she mentioned ethics and ah, okay. But well done to all of you they were all amazing presentations.
Chris Lawrence: Can I say to our three finalists tonight, it was very close. You all did very, very well. Hayden great video. I’m glad that you made Ms. Green look bad and not Mr Conroy. Because that wouldn’t be a good start to your teaching career. To Tavisha, loved the biscuit. Thank you very much. To Luka, loved the Cape. And can I just give you a little piece of advice? One day when you’re married and you’ve done something wrong, your wife’s angry at you. Do what I do. Grab a tea towel, put it on the back and say you, are you super angry? It’s a 50, 50 chance. That’s enough of me. I’m I’ll pass it over to my fellow judge to announce our winners tonight.
Bernadette Alizart: Well, as somebody who has had a tea towel put on my back, it don’t work, as it’s going to make you real angry. Can I echo the comments everybody here this evening. And also what Richard said a moment ago, which is about having a crack. I’m not your parents, but I’m really proud of you for having a crack, because it’s very, very difficult as young people to get up and speak in front of your mentors, other parents. It’s a different situation when you’re presenting here tonight as what it would be when you’re presenting against your peers in school.
Bernadette Alizart: So congratulations for getting up and doing that and for getting through because it is really, really tough. The little bio that’s in the Program this evening mentions that I’ve done some speech writing in my time and can I say that I’ve written for some people who can speak very well and for some people who can speak really poorly, and I am consistently year on year impressed with the level of public speaking at this school. I only wished that I could speak the way that you three did when I was in year 11. And if that stands any stead for where you’re headed in your careers, it will be absolutely extraordinary. So congratulations.
Bernadette Alizart: As Chris said it was really, really difficult. And the reason it was difficult is because where some of you excelled others had little bits that weren’t as perhaps on the mark with each of the criterion And so there was a five criterion that we had to look at. One was that you would investigate the career. The second is that you would discuss the current issues and developments and the innovations. The third is that you researched the individuals and the organisations. The fourth that you synthesise the information and your mentors and the sources. And the final one is that you draw conclusions about the future requirements of those positions. So the only way that we were actually able to separate the three of you was by marking very, very closely to every single one of those criteria. So can I just say that by the time I announce the third person or the second person, the first person’s going to know who they are. So there is very little surprise when it comes to number two, but can I congratulate first up our third place winner, Hayden Boyle.
Bernadette Alizart: And, I think our overarching comments about your presentation, Hayden, was that you have a fantastic synthesis of ideas. You compared your sources beautifully and with great humour and some level of humility. You’re funny, good natured and measured delivery, a wonderful presence in front of everybody. So congratulations. Now with the final two Tavisha and Luka, congratulations. It was absolutely amazing. The biggest congratulations goes to you both for tackling some very difficult subject matter. So Chris and I have judged these awards for a few years now and we’ve seen students come through, talk about structural engineering and Tavisha, you really handled some difficult subject matter very, very well.
Bernadette Alizart: It’s difficult to present these kinds of tactical concepts to an audience. So you did really well with that. And Luka, similarly when you are asking people to use their phones and get them to be interactive as people who are in the industry, you can expect to lose people for between five and 10 minutes. And you did it in 25 seconds. That’s pretty amazing. So it gives me great pleasure to announce that our second place getter today is Tavisha, which makes Luka our winner.
Chris Lawrence: Congratulations to all three students. Can I just, now on behalf of the board and the P & F thank the other half of the Becoming M.O.R.E. Program, which is our mentors. Thank you for giving up your time, for answering the many questions that I know you were asked. We welcome you into our college community and we hope that you’ve seen a little bit of the St Thomas More College community, I know some of you have come back a number of years now, which is great to see. So from the bottom of my heart, from all of the parents and the college, thank you very much for your time and efforts.