A weekly after school makerspace program for kids aged 9+
HOW IT WORKS
Kids bring the ideas, we bring a rock solid process to turn them into something real.
Inventors Lab is grounded in principles of creative inquiry learning and design thinking. It’s hands-on, and curiosity driven – kind of like the on-the-job learning we do as adults, without the added pressure of needing a job!
The Lab program runs over a school term (running as a special introductory 5 week sprint in Term 2, 2019) and gives learners a grounding in the design thinking processes common across industry innovation programs “in the real world.” If they have an idea burning a hole in their pocket, they can put it into practice. If not, we’ll challenge them with some starting points. The design thinking process will help them refine and develop their idea to a “good enough” starting point for them to prototype and begin the process of refinement and iteration.
They’ll build, they’ll connect, they’ll code. They’ll use some low-tech and high-tech (think cardboard to 3D printing) construction techniques, and we’ll delve into electronics and physical computing with introductory microcontrollers (think sensors, lights, motors, and boards like the BBC micro:bit)…
but it’s not about that.
It’s about creative confidence. It’s about indulging and encouraging curiosity. It’s about getting things wrong before you can get them right. It’s about trusting young learners with big enough ideas that we can rely on the ideas we commonly associate with STEM to come up on their own.
LOCATIONS & DATES
Next term, we’re running the Inventor’s Lab in 3 locations.
Subiaco Scout Hall
399 Rokeby Rd, Subiaco
Monday, 3:15 – 5:15pm
Menzies Park Pavilion
95 Egina St, Mt Hawthorn
Wednesday, 3:15 – 5:15pm
Lions Park Hall
3rd Avenue (Near Central Rd), Rossmoyne
Thursday, 3:15 – 5:15