Biotasium & Macbeth in Communication Systems

This creative learning activity is part of the Communication Systems module focusing on Shakespeare’s Macbeth to develop an understanding of how mathematical modelling can be used in a real-life situation.

Through analysing the tragic storyline and poetic beauty of Shakespeare’s number one tragedy students were able to make connections between the times the play was set in, relevant historical instances and the uncanny ability of mathematics to make sense of what can seem a random event such as an attack. The electronics portion of this unit explores how science and technology have worked together to advance human understanding and control of electrical charge, and how this has profoundly changed the world through a series of hands-on activities that include lemon batteries, a Van de Graaff electrostatic generator, and electromagnets.

In the Biotasium unit, students are looking at neural communication, so how our brain communicates with our body, how it can be investigated and the kinds of factors that affect nerve transmission and have begun their Collaborative Inquiry on this topic.