2017 Autumn Holiday STEAM Electives for boys and girls

Join us for a fun week of Ceramics | Baking | Textiles | Arduino | Kerbal Space Program and Games

Monday 3 April to Friday 7 April

Children can discover the art of ceramics, bake some Harry Potter treats or learn traditional Japanese resist dyeing techniques to design their very own sarong or something sculptural. We will also have time for our Kerbal Space Program and children can learn to program a traffic light.

Preshil has been running outstanding STEAM electives for several years now and is very keen to offer these opportunities during our school holidays, so please tell your friends. Children need to bring morning and afternoon tea, lunch and a refillable drink bottle and remember not to bring anything containing nuts. Don’t forget a hat, sunscreen and comfortable clothes and shoes. Remember: no hat means no outdoor play!

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Cost: $70 per Child per Day – Suitable for children grades 3 to 7
Location: Preshil Secondary School, 12-26 Sackville Street, Kew

Ceramics: “Ever wanted to design and make your own dinner set, or perhaps your own designer jewellery? Maybe you wish to create your own fantastical creature from clay… In this elective, you will learn a range of ceramic making techniques.

Baking: “Come and cook (and more importantly, EAT) the food that us muggles have only read about – the Leaky Cauldron’s famous butterbeer, the Hogwarts Express’ pumpkin pasties, and the slightly squashed but nonetheless delicious chocolate cake Hagrid made for Harry’s 11th birthday. Starting off with a reading of food related Potter passages and ending in a feast worthy of The Great Hall”.

Textiles: Over two workshops young designers will discover the beauty of Japanese Shibori Textiles. We will explore five traditional resist dyeing techniques; pole wrapping, stitching, clamping, folding and tie-dyed cloth. Then we will dye our cloth and see how our cloth holds the memory of the techniques that we explored. Young designers will create a sarong to wear or something sculptural.

Arduino: Design, build and understand how a traffic signal works using Arduino, an open-source microcontroller we can program using a Mac, PC or Linux computer. The course is designed to provide an easy entry into understanding technology, programming in C, basic electronic theory and practices. It’s a great beginner project which needs no experience, just a willingness to solder, program code and have fun with electronics.

Kerbal: Kerbal is a game designed to allow the player to experience the physics and complexities as well as the excitement and elation of building a rocket and piloting it into space, the magnitude of the universe and the imminent threat of explosions and death to those on board your craft. In the course, Adam covers a basic understanding of the physics terminology and concepts, the mechanical concepts of engineering a spacecraft, Game Interfaces, Ladder Logic Programming, Long Range Navigation, Aerodynamics, Explosions and Space!  No experience necessary.

Games: Adventures in coding without a computer. Inspired by Linda Liukas book ‘Hello Ruby’. Children will have fun learning Algorithms, Booleans, Strings, Numbers, Loops and Sequences.

Kerbal Space Program September 2016

The week long Kerbal Space Program was run by our IT wizard, Adam Simon.

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