We challenge Stage 2 students to think like designers by investigating the properties of materials, appreciating their value and putting them to good use.

We’re currently running four regular workshops for Stage 2 students: Float, Fly or Flop, Shadow Puppets, Sustainable House and DIY Packaging.

Through these syllabus-aligned workshops, children in Year 3 and Year 4 will learn how to give waste products a new life through reuse and see how their material choices, design-thinking and construction techniques can strengthen and enrich their creative ideas.

 

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FLOAT, FLY OR FLOP

Float a model boat or fly a toy plane using everyday household materials. Students investigate the buoyancy and aerodynamics of a variety of materials and assess their suitability for use in floating and flying toys. Students will go through a simple design process and use low-waste construction techniques to build their understanding of buoyancy and aerodynamics.

Duration: 90 minutes
Venue: Your place or ours
Age: designed for Stage 2 students (but can be adapted to other year levels if required)
Capacity: maximum 30 students (or 1x class)
Price: $10 per student (+GST)
NSW Syllabus links: ST2- 7PW

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SHADOW PUPPETS

Bring characters to life with materials that were destined for landfill. Students learn about the ancient art of shadow play and use waste materials to make their own shadow puppets and scenery. Your students will develop design and construction problem-solving skills with re-used materials, and you can take the shadow puppets back to school and create a performance based on their experiences of community and commemoration.

Duration: 90 minutes
Venue: Your place or ours
Age: designed for Stage 2 students (but can be adapted to other year levels if required
Capacity: maximum 30 students (or 1x class)
Price: $10 per student (+GST)
NSW Syllabus links: HT2-1, HT2-2, EN2-6B, DRAS2.1, DRAS2.3, DRAS2.2GE2-3, ST2-2VA, ST2-5WT

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SUSTAINABLE HOUSE

Explore elements of sustainability as children work collaboratively to design and construct a sustainable house using packaging and other reuse materials. Students will brainstorm different aspects of houses that can help to improve their sustainability. Using simple low-waste construction techniques, they will develop an understanding of visual representation and construct a model of the ultimate sustainable ‘house and land package’.

Duration: 90 minutes
Venue: Your place or ours 
Age:
designed for Stage 2 students (but can be adapted to other year levels if required)
Capacity: maximum 30 students (or 1x class)
Price: $10 per student (+GST)
NSW Syllabus links: ST2-14BE, ST2-13MWGE2-3 ST2-2VA, ST2-5WT

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DIY PACKAGING

Investigate the properties of a variety of materials and consider how they can be used to protect products during transport. Students will work collaboratively with re-use materials to design and make packaging for a range of weird and wonderful items from jelly to kittens. Students will use a design process and simple low-waste construction techniques to create their packaging, then present it to the group explaining the different elements they have taken into consideration.

Duration: 90 minutes
Venue: Your place or ours 
Age:
designed for Stage 2 students (but can be adapted to other year levels if required)
Capacity: maximum 30 students (or 1x class)
Price: $10 per student (+GST)
NSW Syllabus links: ST2-16PGE2-3 ST2-2VA, ST2-5WT

Book a DIY Packaging workshop