MiniSparx+BigSparx: Makers of Change

Monday, 6 May 2019

MiniSparx+BigSparx: Makers of Change

Tantrum Youth Arts
101 City Road, Merewether, NSW, 2291

Calling all change-makers, mini and big!

As part of a special new partnership with Tantrum Youth Arts, MiniSparx+BigSparx will equip young people and their parents with the hands-on engineering capabilities crucial to responding to change. In a world full of unpredictable change, sparky inventive minds of all ages are needed to think outside of the box in order to design, develop, and invent when things get shaken up.

Following the success of our MiniSparx+BigSparx workshops as part of Science Week 2018, we’re inviting creative problem-solvers young and old to partake in our workshop as part of the Hunter Innovation Festival. When it comes to innovation, we think that you’re never too young nor old for inventive genius – particularly when you have an engineering mindset on your side.

Through our introductory engineering and electronics workshop, creative-minded kids (ages 8-12) and their guardians are invited to dream big, build smart, and have a world of fun while they’re at it through hands-on learning and construction.

Who are Tantrum and what’s The Shake Up?

Growing an engineering mindset in young people is all about future-proofing the next generation. Stemming from Tantrum Youth Arts’ The Shake Up project, children will be tasked to consider and respond to hypothetical circumstances of unpredictable change. Robotic arms for the injured, black-out friendly cordless lights, safe houses, and driverless vehicles include some of the inspired inventions that children can intelligently respond to change.

Why are we part of the festival?

At Minisparx, we care about exposing as many young people from the community as possible in the opportunities created through STEM education. We believe the capacity for creative thinking in young people is a core feature of what makes their ideas so innovative.

Through hands-on guidance in the essential concepts of engineering and electronics, young people can apply their natural creative tendencies to real-world problems. We also know that the creativity and passion for problem-solving needs to be nurtured, which is why we encourage parents and carers to also attend and grow their keen STEM related capabilities.

This event is part of the 2019 Hunter Innovation Festival. Check out what else is on the program at the Hunter Innovation Festival web page.

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