Kids digital workshops @ MAAS Mini Lab - Information & Cultural Exchange

Kids digital workshops @ MAAS Mini Lab

Winter School Holidays Program

Find something to keep the kids busy these school holidays! Pick from full day or half day digital workshops, prices start from $22
Perfect for inquisitive girls and boys who want to create code, make YouTube videos, learn game design, explore computer science and more. Whether you’re an expert or keen to try something new, we have loads of exciting full day or half day digital workshops on offer at the MAAS Mini Labs.
Designed for children aged 6-13 years of age these fun, and supportive, learning environments are led by qualified educators and are now available at the Information and Cultural Exchange.

Workshops start as low as $22, MAAS Members save 10%

All Booking Enquires please call 02 9217 0222

Getting Started: Physical Computing (Ages 7-11)
4 July, Morning workshop 10am – 12pm
Get an introduction to the world of physical computing where you use code to control electronic components such as lights and buzzers. Fun, fast and accessible, this workshop focuses on Arduino, an open-source microcontroller language, to bring the components to life. Learn how to code in this language using the ThinkerShield and a standard Arduino board. Getting started workshops are a rapid introduction to a topic and can be built upon by attending our school holiday workshops. No parental supervision is required.
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Getting Started: Stop Motion (Ages 7-11)
4 July or 12 July, afternoon workshop 1:00 – 3:00pm
Bring clay to life! Animate characters and blocks using Stop Animation. Create a short stop motion film, add sound and upload it to YouTube! This animation technique, made popular by films such as Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep, creates an illusion of movement by moving and photographing an object at very small increments. Participants will learn the secrets behind this popular animation style and create their own complete Stop Animation film using iPads and develop and use skills that will translate to any Stop Animation software. Getting started workshops are a rapid introduction to a topic and can be built upon by attending our school holiday workshops. No parental supervision required.
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Minecraft (Ages 9-12)
5 July, full day workshop 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
This is a one-day workshop. Come and experience the latest version of our Powercraft Mod! Become the master of building impossibly huge structures, dual-wielding weapons and tools, and surviving dangerous mobs! With access to blocks and mods exclusive to the Museum, learners will work together to make their designs a reality. With an emphasis on communication, collaboration, delegation and sharing, this workshop is ideal for both beginners and experienced players.
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Getting Started: Scratch (Ages 7-11)
6 July or 12 July, morning workshops 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Discover the potential of Scratch (MIT) and learn how to continue the creativity of Scratch at home. This workshop contains visual programming, creative arts and performance skills. Learn how to animate sprites and use logic to create a simple game. Take your game home and turn it into a masterpiece. Find out how to engage with the larger Scratch community and learn from other Scratchers’ projects. Getting started workshops are a rapid introduction to a topic and can be built upon by attending our school holiday workshops. No parental supervision is required.
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Getting Started: KORG Littlebits (Ages 8-12)
6 July, Afternoon workshop 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Use the power of electronics to build, prototype and invent! littleBits is a system of components that snap together to easily create hardware. Using littleBits, you will construct circuits and create prototypes with lights, switches and buzzers. When you have mastered the basics, use the special littleBits kits to create a music synthesiser and mix your own brand new tunes. Are you the next digital popstar? Getting started workshops are a rapid introduction to a topic and can be built upon by attending our school holiday workshops. No parental supervision required.
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Minecraft Mysteries (Ages 7–9)
7 July, full day workshop 10am – 4pm
This is a one-day workshop. Come and experience the latest version of our Powercraft Mod! Become the master of building impossibly huge structures, dual-wielding weapons and tools, and surviving dangerous mobs! With access to blocks and mods exclusive to the Museum, learners will work together to make their designs a reality. With an emphasis on communication, collaboration, delegation and sharing, this workshop is ideal for both beginners and experienced players.
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Little Computer Scientist (Age 6)
11 July, full day workshop 10:00am – 4:00pmM
This is a one-day workshop. Step into the exciting world of computer science with three activities covering a wide range of topics. Play games to learn computer software concepts, develop problem-solving skills with unplugged activities and use ThinkerShield to control physical components such as lights and buzzers. This fun course develops learners’ cognition. Coding enhances creativity and teaches people to cooperate, working together across physical and geographical boundaries.
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Animated Cartoon Creator (Ages 9-12)
13 July, full day workshop 10:00am – 4:00pm
This is a one-day workshop. Animation is the process of using still images to create the illusion of motion. Learn the tricks of making believable animation using Surface Books to draw each frame digitally using a physical pen. The skills learnt are used in popular cartoons such as Adventure Time, The Simpsons and Rugrats. Learners will go through the process of creating frame-by-frame animation to bring still images to life. The workshop is ideal for learners with any level of drawing skills with applications ranging from the ever popular stickman animations to full anime. Please note: final projects will be uploaded to The Lab’s public YouTube channel.
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Getting Started: Computer Science Unplugged (Ages 7-11)
14 July, morning workshops 10:00am – 12:00pm
One of the key 21st century skills is computer science, the art of theory, experimentation and engineering of computer use. These skills improve cognitive development and arm people with knowledge of how the world works around them. This shared learning experience shows how these skills can be gained unplugged (without a computer). Discover some of these activities and find out more about where to find more and use them at home. Getting started workshops are a rapid introduction to a topic and can be built upon by attending our school holiday workshops. No parental supervision required.
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Getting Started: Minecraft Multiplayer (Ages 7–11)
14 July, afternoon workshop 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Learn the secrets of the world of Minecraft multiplayer! Play and learn in the same multiplayer world. With access to blocks and mods exclusive to the Museum, learners will work together to translate their designs into reality. With an emphasis on communication, collaboration, delegation and sharing, this workshop is ideal for beginners. Getting started workshops are a rapid introduction to a topic and can be built upon by attending our school holiday workshops. No parental supervision required.
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Full program details can be found here!

We are often asked questions about the day-to-day for the workshops. Following are some of these questions and answers in the MAAS Mini Lab FAQs. If you have a question that is not listed, feel free to call the MAAS bookings team on (02) 9217 0222 or email: book@maas.museum
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