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.

“The children thoroughly enjoyed the open-ended and constructive challenges. The materials were interesting to use and they enjoyed the teachers who ran the workshops.”  

“The RG staff were absolutely fantastic when communicating with me, helping me with all my questions and queries, and in their interactions with the children.”                                        Arden Anglican School Nov 2018

 

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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)
NSW Syllabus links: ST2- 7PW

Book a Float, Fly or Flop workshop

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)
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)
NSW Syllabus links: ST2-14BE, ST2-13MWGE2-3 ST2-2VA, ST2-5WT

Book a Sustainable House workshop

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)
NSW Syllabus links: ST2-16PGE2-3 ST2-2VA, ST2-5WT

Book a DIY Packaging workshop

 

‘GIANT’ LOOSE PARTS PLAY

Have your children tried ‘loose parts play’?

Our giant kit of  loose parts are reuse materials that can be moved around, put together, taken apart and rebuilt.

Loose Parts Play sessions promote social, active play, stimulate the imagination and inspire innovation, creativity and collaboration.

We can provide your students with an open-ended Loose Parts Play session or present them with a group construction challenge such as building a bridge, transporting an endangered animal or any other scenario that supports your learning goals.

It works with every age group and will keep them engaged for hours.

Enquire about a Loose Parts Play session

 

Coming to visit us at Marrickville?

Why not stay longer and add one of these activities to your visit.

Waste Sorting Challenge

Recycling can be confusing. How well do you and your students know which bits of household waste can and can’t be recycled – and how to do it? Our waste-sorting game will clarify all the different waste streams and give students the lowdown on what goes where.

Cost: Please speak to our educator to price this activity
Duration: 45 min
Max. students per session: 30

Worm farm and composting facility talk

One of our neighbours at the Addison Road Community Centre is Hobogro: a community composting and worm farm organisation. Bob from Hobogro is a recognised expert and can introduce your students to all the ins and outs of worm farms and composting, including a chance to meet the worms up close! 

Cost: Please speak to our educator to price this activity
Duration: 30 min
Max. students per session: 30

Addison Road Community Centre walk

The Reverse Garbage warehouse is located within the Addison Road Community Centre. The 36,000 square metre heritage site is home to over 40 buildings and is a community hub for the arts, culture, environment and social justice. Children will be taken for a walk through the centre, engaging with artworks, community gardens and sustainability initiatives along the way.

Cost: Please speak to our educator to price this activity
Duration: 30-45 min
Max. students per session: 30