Presented by

  • Roland Gesthuizen

    Roland Gesthuizen
    @rgesthuizen
    https://research.monash.edu/en/persons/roland-gesthuizen

    Roland Gesthuizen (Monash University) researches Science and Technology with particular interest in the Digital Origins of STEM, Science Education, and Digital Technologies. He is currently working on the Cognitive and Conative domains of STEM. As a GLOBE trained teacher his work spans a range of environmental issues using blended learning to bridge STEM principle of teaching and learning. Roland is Vice President of the Mag-Net association for STEM Educators and Editor of DLTV Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria Journal. As an Internet pioneer; he was the first to help design and build a website for an Australian public utility and operated an EarthDial used with the NASA Mars Rovers for the Planetary Society. Roland’s work has been recognised with a National ACCE Educator of the Year Award and ISTE Making IT happen award. As a GLOBE trained teacher his work spans a range of environmental issues using blended learning to bridge STEM principle of teaching and learning.

  • Caroline Pham

    Caroline Pham

    STEM Educator and teacher. Graduate of Monash University.

  • Gillian Kidman

    Gillian Kidman

  • Hazel Tan

    Hazel Tan
    https://research.monash.edu/en/persons/hazel-tan

    Dr Hazel Tan is an academic at the Monash University and part of the Mathematics, Science and Technology Academic Community. Her areas of research and teaching interest are in secondary mathematics education, educational technology, and international comparative studies. Her research methodological expertise is in quantitative and mixed methods and her work on Facebook as a recruitment tool for research has gained academic interest. Before moving into academia Hazel worked as a senior secondary mathematics teacher and head of a mathematics department, and as an educational technology officer for the Singaporean Ministry of Education. This prior experience provided a solid foundation for her current academic work.

Abstract

This is the incredible human story of the creators of CSIRAC Australia's first digital computer, and the fifth stored program computer in the world. We trace the story of the men and women behind its creation, use and decommission. Whilst we acknowledge that there is a strong documented history of CSIRAC itself, we wish to illuminate the human story of this open-source creation to reveal the creators and makers of the code that contributed to some fascinating ‘firsts’. Who were these people and what inspired them to imagine, tinker, and create? These and many other questions will be considered as we take you on the journey of CSIRAC and from its legacy, reveal a message about our digital world today.