The Mind Lab: School Holiday Workshops

The Mind Lab offers a range of full-day school holiday workshops for 7-12-year-olds, all of which nurture that boundless, unwavering curiosity of theirs! Each action-packed full-day workshop will cover two future-focused topics. 

$99 per day | Drop off from 8:00am and pick up at 4:30pm (Workshop starts at 9:15am and goes till 4:30pm)

 

DECEMBER WORKSHOPS

Monday 16 December - Future Home - 3D Design, Science & Engineering

If you could build your future home, what would it look like? How big would it be, how much space do you need? These questions and more will be answered when you dive into designing your future home. Learn how to model in 3d and take your ideas to the next level. We will also be thinking about different ways to use recyclable material within your home making your home environmentally friendly.

Tuesday 17 December - Imagination Time - Animation, Robotics

All things start with imagination. Someone had to imagine how a car would work or a computer before it is built. In these lessons we get you to use your imagination and see if you can create something new or adapt your own to create new ideas with objects that already exist.

January Workshops

Week One 

MONDAY 6 JANUARY - FUTURE HOME - 3D DESIGN, SCIENCE & ENGINEERING

If you could build your future home, what would it look like? How big would it be, how much space do you need? These questions and more will be answered when you dive into designing your future home. Learn how to model in 3d and take your ideas to the next level. We will also be thinking about different ways to use recyclable material within your home making your home environmentally friendly.

TUESDAY 7 JANUARY - ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY - ANIMATION AND CODING

We all know our environment is important to us and maintaining it is a must. In these two exciting lessons we ask our students to help solve the problem of how do we educate others about the importance of being environmentally friendly? For our Coding class we show students the tools needed to work together to build a game based around littering in the ocean. For our Animation class we get them thinking about what the future might look like if we solve our environmental problems, or what it could look like if we don’t.

WEDNESDAY 8 JANUARY - WHO DO YOU WANT TO BE? - WEB DESIGN AND FILM MAKING

We get students thinking about their future ambitions by focusing on the age-old question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” but with a Mind Lab twist. In a world where there are so many new things being discovered and jobs being created, we encourage students to think about who they want to be, and how technology can be used to help get them there. In our Web Design lesson, we show them the tools to help create a site that could be used as a motivational platform to get them to achieve their goals. Then in Film Making we get them thinking about 20 years into the future and become the person they believe they might be. It's a great lesson to get them thinking about how what they do now will have an impact on their future.

THURSDAY 9 JANUARY - IMAGINATION TIME - ROBOTICS AND ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING

From robots to marble runs we get the students having fun and using their imaginations and bringing their ideas to life. In our Robotics lesson, we have the students building prototype robots that could be useful in the home. Maybe it's a robot that helps prep dinner or one that could clean. Then moving on to the Electronic Engineering lesson, we get them building a marble run, but not just any run, we once again get them thinking outside the box and adding motors, lights, digital sounds that have trigger inputs, allowing the run to come to life as the marble makes its way from start to end. It's going to be a full-on creative day using their imaginations.

FRIDAY 10 JANUARY - BLANK CANVAS - GRAPHIC DESIGN AND SCIENCE & ENGINEERING

We love seeing our students show their many hidden talents. In these lessons, we cater for both the artistic side and the logical thinkers out there. In our Graphic Design lesson, we ask the students to think outside the box and create their own personal logo that reflects them. Whether they are sporty, artistic, super technical or anything in between, we get them thinking and show them the tools they can use to create some iconography that speaks volumes about them. In our Science & Engineering lesson we them get them thinking about art, but in a different way. Students will learn how to protect their art from would be thieves by building a laser beam security system. These lessons will encourage students to think outside of the box when they are faced with problem solving challenges in the future.


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Week Two

MONDAY 13 JANUARY - OLD MEETS NEW - ANIMATION AND ROBOTICS

Here at The Mind Lab we like to take the old and mix it up with the new, in these two new lessons we have done just that. In our Animation class we get the students building a very old Zoetrope device, then we get them thinking outside the square and add motors and other moving parts to have it automate. We then move over to the Robotics lesson where we get them building robotic knights, that have to go into battle. It's going to be a fun history lesson with a twist.

TUESDAY 14 JANUARY - LOST & FOUND - INTERNET OF THINGS AND ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING

Have you ever lost something and spent hours looking for it? It happens to us all at some point, but what if there was a way to find things faster using technology? In our Internet of Things lesson we show students how to program a device to help do just that. We then take it one step further in our Electronic Engineering class and have students build a device that could help people find their way around a room if they were not able to see. It’s going to be a fun session as our students find the tools, they need to help build the future of IOT.

WEDNESDAY 15 JANUARY - THE WORLD OF PROTOTYPES - CODING AND SCIENCE & ENGINEERING

We love making new things and love seeing our students working together to build and test new ideas. In our Coding class we teach our students how to program a little device and then use that device to create a few different prototypes that might help save someone's life one day. Then in our Science & Engineering class we get the students building a prototype game that uses hydraulics to control the game play. It's going to be a fun day of inventing and building.

THURSDAY 16 JANUARY - MEDIA MASHUP - GRAPHIC DESIGN AND FILM MAKING

We are constantly surrounded by new information and bombarded by new movies, tv shows, games, you name it…! But are any of these ideas really new, or are they just something that has been written over and over again? In these fun Mind Lab lessons, we challenge students to come up with a new comic book character based on themselves. We will show them the tools in our Graphic Design lesson to make it come to life. We will then get them thinking about new ideas based on a movie mash-up. Our Film Making class is a great way to see these young budding film makers use their imaginations to create the ultimate mash up movie.

FRIDAY 17 JANUARY - THE FUTURE OF AVIATION - 3D DESIGN AND ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING

What will planes look like in the future? Will they be completely automated, or will humans still need to fly them? We want to see what you think as we discuss the future of aviation and get you using your imagination to ponder these questions and more.

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Week Three

MONDAY 20 JANUARY - HELLO, MY NAME IS - ANIMATION AND ROBOTICS

What's in a name? Well, plenty if it's yours! Having your name animate across the screen can really make it stand out. In our Animation lesson we show the students some fun creative ways and tools that can help with just that. Then we move onto our Robotics lesson and give the students the skills needed to teach their robot how to write their names. By the end of these two lessons everyone here should know each other and their names well.

TUESDAY 21 JANUARY - GRAPHIC DESIGN AND FILM MAKING

We are now living in a multimedia overload, where every few minutes there are millions of videos, photos and written content being uploaded to view on the internet. It’s becoming normal to see everyday people doing everyday things online. We at The Mind Lab think it’s important to educate our students about being internet safe with their own content. In these two lessons we do just that, while having fun and teaching them some skills from vlogging to photo editing. We focus on the issues around having an online presence and get them ready for when they are old enough to have their profiles online.

WEDNESDAY 22 JANUARY - TIME TO TINKER - 3D DESIGN AND CODING

This is one of The Mind Lab's biggest hits. The title says it all! These lessons are where students get time to tinker. In these two subjects we show students how to use the tools they will need for these lessons and more. Then we give them time to explore and develop their ideas while having the freedom to tinker, build and test their imaginations and develop their problem-solving skills.

THURSDAY 23 JANUARY - SHIFTING SHAPE - 3D DESIGN AND CODING

Shapes are everywhere and they play a big part in our lives. Understanding how those shapes can be sculpted to create different forms is the first step to becoming a good 3D designer. In our 3D Design class, our students will learn different techniques to create organic and inorganic models, first using real objects and then reproducing them in the 3D digital realm. Then in our Coding class and they will build the ultimate shape shifting game inspired by Tetris. We will give them some time to put their own twist on the game. These two lessons are designed to help our students reshape the way they think.

FRIDAY 24 JANUARY - MELODY MADNESS - ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE & ENGINEERING

Have you ever wondered how sound is formed and how it moves from one end of the room to the other? We ask our students to look for these answers and more in this fun creative workshop. We have them jump into the world of Science & Engineering as they explore sound in many different ways, while using their newfound knowledge to build speakers and more. Then we move over to our Electronic Engineering class, where we have our students learning about noise and what it takes to make a digital instrument.

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Week Four

TUESDAY 28 JANUARY - THE UNLOCKABLES - CODING AND SCIENCE & ENGINEERING

Have you ever wondered how those high-tech security systems work? The ones with the fancy keypads and sensors. Well we think we might know, but we need our students help to test a few ideas. In our Coding class we have them put our theories to the test by having them create a lock box from their own designs, then they program the box to open when they activate their keypad, testing along the way to see how secure it is. Then in our Science & Engineering class we have them build the ultimate unlocking system, a Rube Goldberg machine. These fantastic creative machines have been entertaining people for years, now we ask our students to add functionality to the mix and make a machine that can unlock a few things along the way. Its a real test of their engineering skills.

WEDNESDAY 29 JANUARY - WEIRD CREATURES - WEB DESIGN AND CODING

There are some strange looking creatures that live on this planet and we feel those creatures don't get the attention they deserve. So that's why in our Web Design class we ask our students to find a weird animal or insect and help promote these strange looking creatures. Students will research and build an informative eye-catching website. In our Coding class we take weird to the next level and have our students build an interactive story around these creatures, giving them a life of their own. It's going to be a weird day indeed, but fun.

THURSDAY 30 JANUARY - THINKING BRIGHT - GET THINKING AND ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING

Come along for a fun day that may just light up your life. In these lessons, students will not only learn about how light emits, but how to conserve it as well. Let's see some bright minds shine!

 

FRIDAY 31 JANUARY - TIME TO TINKER - 3D DESIGN AND SCIENCE & ENGINEERING

This is one of The Mind Lab's biggest hits. The title says it all! These lessons are where students get time to tinker. In these two subjects we show students how to use the tools they will need for these lessons and more. Then we give them time to explore and develop their ideas while having the freedom to tinker, build and test their imaginations and develop their problem-solving skills