For three consecutive years, EduKits has been running school holiday workshops for kids in the Riverina to learn about new technologies. Our first ever workshops were held in the 2016/17 summer break and covered 3D printing technology. For 2017/18 workshops were held at Working Spaces HQ where kids were treated to workshops covering Electronics, Coding and 3D printing.
This year EduKits in conjunction with the Museum of the Riverina is running a workshop series called “Tech It Out”. What’s great about working with the Museum is the access we get to a larger training space meaning even more kids can come along and learn about tech.
Our workshop series this year is jam-packed with activities and is suitable for kids aged 9-14. Kids can come along to all four days of activities or just pick and choose the sessions of most interest (or which fit in with your other holiday plans).
Day 1 – Electronics and coding with the Amazing Annoyatron
On our first day of workshops, we’ll introduce kids to coding using the award-winning Amazing Annoyatron. We’ll put our coding skills to use and make some of the most harrowing and hilarious projects you can make with less than 5 volts and some coding skills. Oh, and did we mention the fun won’t stop there as you’ll get to take home your very own Amazing Annoyatron.
Day 2 – Virtual reality
The second day of workshops is going to be an exploration and creation of virtual worlds. You’ll get the opportunity to partake in some 3D experiences, perhaps a roller coaster may take your fancy (light breakfast recommended). We’ll then show you how you can build your own 3D world and animate your characters using code. We’ll finish off the session by checking out each other’s creativity. You’ll leave this session with some pretty cool skills and a pair of VR goggles to continue the fun at home.
Day 3 – Augmented reality
In the not-too-distant future, we could all be wearing special glasses that overlay media onto the world as we see it. This is augmented reality. On day 3, we’ll be experimenting with this technology. First, you’ll experience how it works, and see in action some pretty cool object recognition tools developed by Google. From there it’s time for you to build a scavenger hunt using augmented reality. We’ll help you to storyboard the experience, but the rules and clues will be up to you.
Day 4 – Game design and coding
Our final day of the workshop series we’ll introduce you to coding in Scratch. We are going to use this software to see what thinking like a coder looks like and to create a number of games. If you’ve used Scratch before that’s awesome, we’ll have some game challenge activities ready for you and help available to keep you moving if you get stuck. The great part about Scratch is that you can keep using this software at home for free.
How to book
Tech It Out is happening the week of Monday 21 January 2019. Bookings are being handled on the Museums Eventbrite page here.