Invention Convention

Questacon Invention Convention

Don't just use the latest technology- create it!

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Workshops for students

School Workshops

Workshops in Canberra

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Holiday Workshops

Workshops during the school holidays

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Touring School Workshops

Touring workshops brought to your classroom.

students building their prototype

Virtual Excursion

Live workshops streamed from our studios in Canberra to your school.

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Workshops for teachers

Teacher Workshops

Accredited workshops for teachers.

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Social Media

See what everyone's been up to.

Workshops around Australia

Within the Community

Enterprising Australians

Find out about Australian inventors, innovators and entrepreneurs.

Taj Pabari, founder of Fiftysix Creations, works with a student

Community Events

Public events and talks.

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Make at Questacon in Canberra

School Workshops

Hands-on workshops in Canberra, for years 6-12, using simple tools and materials. Workshops focus on the themes of innovation, engineering and technology.

 

TEMPORARY BOOKING FREEZE

In January 2019 we will be introducing Book Canberra Excursions, enabling schools to explore programs and make excursion bookings for many key Canberra attractions through one site.

 

 

 

 

 

Existing bookings are secure but we cannot take new bookings from 7 December 2018 to 29 January 2019.

The Book Canberra Excursions site will be live from:

  • 12 pm (AEDT) on 21 January 2019 – to review and update existing bookings
  • 12 pm (AEDT) on 29 January 2019 – to book new visits.

The Book Canberra Excursions system has been developed in partnership with the National Capital Educational Tourism Project and partner institutions.

Please forward any questions regarding the temporary booking freeze to the National Capital Educational Tourism Project or phone 02 6162 4460..

For other enquiries, contact our bookings team on 1800 889 995 or bookings@questacon.edu.au

Ball Run

Students will create a unique solution to control the descent of a marble through a maze, using only simple tools and materials. Fast working students are encouraged to refine their run with added restrictions. The challenge can be endless!

Duration: 2 hours
Year Level: 7 - 10
Cost: Free

Maximum 50 students. For safety reasons all participants are required to wear enclosed footwear.

For more information including curriculum codes and classroom activities download the teacher resources, or contact bookings@questacon.edu.au

The Innovation Experience

The Innovation Experience teaches your upper primary students that they too can be innovators! Students will learn about innovation first-hand, using their creativity and imagination to rapidly build prototypes from simple materials and designing digital prototypes using handheld tablets… all in two hours!

Duration: 2 hours
Year Level: 6 (Year 7 options available for SA schools)
Cost: Free

Maximum 70 students. For safety reasons all participants are required to wear enclosed footwear.

For more information including curriculum codes contact bookings@questacon.edu.au

Robot Hack

Students will create hybrid contraptions from salvaged robots and simple materials. This encourages creative and critical thinking about computer programs and how they translate into reality. Given parts such as motors and sensors, students use their imagination to figure out how to repurpose the technology to complete our challenges.

Duration: 2 hours
Year Level: 7 - 12
Cost: Free

Maximum 50 students. For safety reasons all participants are required to wear enclosed footwear.

For more information including curriculum codes and classroom activities download the teacher resources, or contact bookings@questacon.edu.au

Rockets

In this workshop, students will put paper and tape to the test to design and launch rockets using our air-powered rocket launchers. Through testing, they will attempt to uncover the optimal launch angle and explore how rocket design can influence a flight path.

Duration: 2 hours
Year Level: 7 - 10
Cost: Free

Maximum 50 students. For safety reasons all participants are required to wear enclosed footwear.

For more information including curriculum codes and classroom activities download the teacher resources, or contact bookings@questacon.edu.au

Introduction to 3D Design

How can we take an object from our imagination and describe it to a computer? In this workshop, students will explore a range of methods for designing a 3D object and try their hand at computer aided design. By the end of the workshop, students will have designed their own object, which they can continue to refine at home using free software. With links to spatial geometry, material science, and modern design and technology practices, this workshop is a fantastic cross-curriculum opportunity.

Duration: 2 hours
Year Level: 7 - 10
Cost: Free

Maximum 30 students. For safety reasons all participants are required to wear enclosed footwear.

For more information including curriculum codes and classroom activities download the teacher resources, or contact bookings@questacon.edu.au

Maker Project Enquiries

By clicking submit you will register your interest for a Questacon Maker Project workshop. Our bookings team will be in contact to discuss workshop availability.

Where are we?

The Ian Potter Foundation Technology Learning Centre

The Ian Potter Foundation Technology Learning Centre

The IPTLC is located in Deakin, ACT, and is the location of all Questacon Maker Project school and holiday workshops. Our facility includes extensive workshop spaces, video conference and teleconference capabilities, and specialist manufacture technologies.

The Ian Potter Foundation Technology Learning Centre

60 Denison Street, Deakin, ACT, 2600

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