We work with Stage 3 students to explore the principles of sustainability including waste reduction, low-waste construction and a consideration of environmentally sensitive design.

We’re currently running four regular workshops for Stage 3 classes: Space Station, Steampunk Marionette, Shelter Shelter, Pushmi-Power Vehicles and e-Waste Scuplture.

Through these syllabus-aligned workshops, children in Year 5 and Year 6 will be challenged not only to innovate, design and construct, but also to consider the environmental and social impact of materials, products and processes.

Venue: your place or ours

Pricing: An individual quote will be provided depending on the number of educators required, your minimum expected numbers and the length of your visit as provided in your booking inquiry form. As an indication prices for 1.5 hour visit range from $12.50 to $16 (incl. gst), alternatively you might like us to work to your budget.

The following travel fees apply: 5km to 15km from Reverse Garbage (one way as determined by Google maps) $25, 16km to 30km = $50, 31km to 50km = $75, over 50km =$100

Enquire online Email us Call 02 9569 3132

PUSHMI POWER VEHICLES

Students will plan, design and build a vehicle that moves by using contact and non contact forces – they will experiment with push/pull forces and methods of making their creations move.

Children use low-waste construction techniques as they develop an understanding of forces, gravity, friction and energy types.

Duration:  60-90 minutes
Venue: your place or ours
Age:
designed for Stage 3 students (but can be adapted to other year levels if required)
Capacity: maximum 30 students (or 1x class)

NSW Syllabus links: ST3-9PW-ST

Concepts: Physical and technical World, Sustainability, landfill, reuse. Materials.

SPACE STATIONS & SATELLITES

Spend some time making your way around the solar system! Working in teams, students use industrial off-casts and e-waste materials to construct a space station, satellites, a lunar model and rockets. Students are challenged to consider the requirements for life in space as well as the opportunities offered by zero gravity as they design and construct their space module without the use of tape or glue.

Duration: 90 minutes
Venue: your place or ours
Age:
designed for Stage 3 students (but can be adapted to other year levels if required)
Capacity: maximum 30 students (or 1x class)
NSW Syllabus links: ST3- 8ESST3-14BE, ST3-5WT, ST3-2VA, VA3.2

Book a Space Station – Andy Thomas workshop

STEAMPUNK MARIONETTES

Bring the traditional craft of puppet-making into the 21st century. Students invent their own characters and then bring them to life using a wide variety of waste materials. Students will develop design and construction problem solving skills with re-used materials and communicate their procedures.

Duration: 90 minutes
Venue: your place or ours
Age:
designed for Stage 3 students (but can be adapted to other year levels if required)
Capacity: maximum 30 students (or 1x class)
NSW Syllabus links: HT3-1, HT3-2, EN3-5B, DRAS3.1, DRAS3.2, DRAS3.3VA3.2, ST3-5WT

Book a Steampunk Marionette workshop

SHELTER SHELTER

Make: Challenge yourself to design and build shelters in the context of real-world issues including climate, geography and access to resources. Students will work in teams to come up with solutions for specific environments and construct models using waste materials. They will develop construction skills and techniques as they increase their awareness of social and environmental factors affecting housing.

Duration: 90 minutes
Venue: your place or ours
Age:
designed for Stage 3 students (but can be adapted to other year levels if required)
Capacity: maximum 30 students (or 1x class)
NSW Syllabus links: ST3-14BE, ST3-10LW, ST3-13MWST3-5WT

Book a Shelter Shelter workshop

E-WASTE SCULPTURE

Learn the secrets of contemporary sculptors and turn waste into wonderful works of art. Students will be guided to create their own three-dimensional works through a process of experimentation with broken electrical and electronic items and other discards. The environmental and social results of the rate of change in technology will be discussed as students develop skills and techniques in material manipulation and experimentation.

Duration: 90 minutes
Venue: your place or ours
Age:
designed for Stage 3 students (but can be adapted to other year levels if required)
Capacity: maximum 30 students (or 1x class)
NSW Syllabus links: ST3-5WTST3-16P, VAS3.2

Book an e-Waste Sculpture workshop

‘GIANT’ LOOSE PARTS PLAY

This workshop is a fantastic way to give the children a chance to explore ‘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 promotes social, active play, stimulates the imagination and inspires 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 keeps 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 ask.
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 ask
Duration: 30 min
Max. students per session: 30