PBL Hackathon

Yr 9 PBL Project

Stirling Times Reports

Virtual Reality

We wanted to teleport Main Street and its surrounds elsewhere in the world at no cost and we found the solution with VRCraftWorks Ltd based in the UK. Mr Jack Maddalena the Sales and Community Manager of the company allowed the students from Servite College free accounts to hone their skills on presented 360 degree panoramas to others.

Based upon the notion of Google Expeditions, teachers can take students on immersive, virtual journeys. In our case the teachers are the students. students can take field trips right from their classroom. Our expeditions allows the presenter acting as a “guide” to lead groups of “explorers” through collections of 360° and 3D images while pointing out interesting sights along the way. In our case we wanted to lead our customers on an expedition through their streets in Osborne Park.

There are a number of options available when the footage has been collected.

VR Example

We have shared several examples on this page for you to try:

Solo Exploration

Try a Solo Exploration by clicking the link


Sharing the Presenter Link

Sharing your screen allows you to navigate guests on other devices. A great way to bring people in different geographical locations together and explore the local Main Street surrounds.


Audience Link 

Sharing your audience link to people you want to present to allows for a great experience.


Armando prepares to capture 360 video/graphics direct to the iPad on location

Students and customers were given the opportunity to view their customers problems on the VR headsets. The realisation of both 360 video and graphics allowed us to view in real time an outside connected world.

Menzie Choi

Innovation Grant

The media group consisting of 16 Year 9 students were set the task over the three days to capture, edit and publish the three-day event. This task in itself presented the students with a number of logistical problems which they were expected to resolve.

The resources provided to the team were those procured from the innovation grant and there was expectation that we could judge in some way the success of our transition to iPads by the student’s abilities to solve complex problems on a device what is considered by many inadequate.

The Hackathon provided the opportunity for the College to explore a number of processes undertaken with the initiatives from the Ideas Boom GrantThe culmination of the grant funds was on display as this project sprang to life.

We applied for the grant so that to create an increasingly powerful and productive digital ecosystem consisting of six related phases.

We listed six criteria that we wanted to be judged against.

Criteria 1

Partnership with CEWA to pilot their Leading Lights Initiatives

CEWA schools in Western Australia now have access to an integrated suite of best-in class learning tools, educational software, storage, communications, collaboration, student management systems and a professional learning and development environment. 

With the aim to provide each student, teacher and parent across WA with a consistent and full picture of experiences and progression in their schools, the LEADing Lights initiative provides a common foundation cloud platform for the benefit of all schools.

 Servite College was the pilot school to implement this bold strategy.

Criteria 2

Construct a Transformational Teaching and Learning program using iPads in Middle School.

So, what is Servite Curious?

Servite Curious was an exciting program ‘designed by our Director of Innovation and Research’ with a mandate from our Executive Team to provide staff with the permission and confidence to create change; promote knowledge of evidence-based best practice in education; and encourage new connections. It had some similarities with Studio Curious as implemented by the CEWA in 2016 with a keen focus on the Servite philosophy.

The team worked together to identify the challenges our College community was facing, with a focus to build empathy, and to ideate and design prototypes of initiatives to improve the system and equip teachers with the skills required to face the next few years with confidence, compassion and resilience. In its initial implementation, we accepted twelve staff into the program.

Criteria 3

Provide reboot network architecture and technical support.

Our infrastructure has become more robust with the replacement of key wireless infrastructure. As a consequence on the reliability and speed of the network the community has been able to delve into community projects requiring collaboration and rich on-line research skills such as the Hackathon Project.

Criteria 4

Support teacher digital competencies in:

  • CEWA 365 tools
  • Developing digital literacy skills in coding and computational thinking
  • Proficiency and certification with Apple iPad and/or Window Surfaces

Our College being the first school to migrate to Microsoft Teams helped Colleges within the  system implement changes. Our aim to be a centre of innovation sharing best practice with all Western Australian schools collaborating on ideas of “best practice” and sharing action research through a virtual and physical environment has begun.

Criteria 5

Introduce Coding and Computational Thinking.

New programs were provided for students which introduced coding and computational thinking in middle school. Mr Daniel Budd the author of a number of iBooks related to Swift Programming on the iPad visited Servite College to find out how our Yr 9 students were interacting with the materials. 

Criteria 6

Develop policy and practice around Digital Citizenship.

Hackathon Flipboard

Media Team

Jordan Palassis, Jemila Seto, Armando Formica, Anastasia Treneska, Andrew Pham, Leonard Tse,  Menzi Choi, Reza Rafati. 

Raffaela Papalia, Declan Gentry, Arianne Sumallo, Daniel Rampant, Brianne Roe, Cynthia Lewis, Alec Zuvela, Areyan Vardineyad

Media Team Gallery

Video Editor

Reza Rafati became our No 1 video editor. A talented young man with a hunger for hard work and professionalism. Very employable.

Photographer & Videographer

Calvin Ngyuen established himself as the No 1 cameraman throughout the Hackathon. Talented at post pre and post production Calvin added enormously to the media coverage of the event.

Student Workplace

The short clip displayed the ability of the team to capture 360-degree video. Alec walks through our student work places catching the action. The end result is hosted on the Hackathon You Tube channel.

iPad Apps

Microsoft Teams was used by our partners and staff in planning the event and then used as the medium for communication by all student teams. Students were able to construct Sways and use sophisticated sharing Apps like Mural to capture and share content.

Mural Templates were provided for the Media Team to document processes.

The media team capture street scenes to display on our chosen Social Media platform, Facebook. Using a Theta 360 camera the team worked directly with the camera and iPad on the street to capture the footage.

Video Capture