Exploring games and all things strange in the holidays at Questacon

The Questacon Maker Project holiday workshops in January excited, challenged and inspired over 85 young people aged between 10-15 years old across six workshops.

Delivered at The Ian Potter Foundation Technology Learning Centre in Deakin Canberra, the workshops encouraged participants to think outside the box and explore the world of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM) during their school holiday break.

This holidays’ participants prototyped their hearts out. Questacon Maker Project facilitators were blown away by the creativity of the participants as they developed their crazy contraptions, rockin’ rockets and colossal cranes.

The January holiday workshops saw the first ever Girls Make session – an all-girl, all-STEM powerhouse workshop encouraging girls to collaborate, invent, make and play.

Two new workshops were offered in January – Strange Devices and Gamecraft, along with a few old favourites.

Questacon’s Strange Devices workshop helped participants explore the fun side of inventing. Inspired by the Japanese art of Chindogu—inventing gadgets which appear to have a purpose, but are in fact almost useless—participants let their imaginations run wild and invented an array of outlandish devices including a screaming cookie jar.

The Gamecraft workshop gave participants a behind-the-scenes look at the world of video game development. Participants learned to code a simple game using the Scratch programming language, before creating their very own full-body game controller using a bizarre collection of objects.

Questacon’s next Maker Project holiday workshops will be held 10-12 April. For more information on our various Maker Project holiday workshops, check out our webpage or call our Bookings Team on 1800 889 995. If you would like to learn more about our girl-only workshops, email us atQSSI@questacon.edu.au.