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.

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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.

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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.

NEW ONLINE BOOKING PLATFORM

 

 

 

 

 

Questacon is in partnership with the National Capital Educational Tourism Project and eight other cultural institutions and attractions in Canberra to develop an online platform, Book Canberra Excursions, to assist school and social groups explore program availability and make online group bookings.

These partners have worked tirelessly to develop an efficient platform that makes the coordination of bookings and the scheduling of itineraries easy.

For a list of other cultural institutions and attractions involved go to the National Capital Educational Tourism Project website.

 

TEMPORARY BOOKING FREEZE

To set up the new online booking system we will not be taking new bookings between 7 December 2018 and 14 January 2019.

Bookings that have already been confirmed will be migrated to the Book Canberra Excursions platform.

It is anticipated that:

  • from 21 January 2019 you will be able to use the Book Canberra Excursions platform to review and update existing bookings
  • from 29 January 2019 you will be able to use the Book Canberra Excursions platform to book new visits.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, but we have attempted to schedule this at a time that would be the most beneficial for everyone.

We look forward to presenting to you the Book Canberra Excursions platform in 2019!

If you’d like to ask any questions about the Book Canberra Excursions system please email admin@ncetp.org.au or call 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 - 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

The Innovation Experience

This workshop empowers Year 6 students to explore the process of innovation by focusing on sustainable electricity and the technology used. During this two hour session, students will get hands-on making, trying and refining both physical and digital prototypes whilst exploring different areas of The Ian Potter Foundation Technology Learning Centre (IPTLC).

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 - 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

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 - 12
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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