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MAKER Makey: machines

In Maker Makey: Machines, your students will experiment with simple and complex machines, all made from recycled or reused materials. Students will collaborate to create a complex machine known as a Rube Goldberg Machine. The purpose of a Rube Goldberg Machine is to achieve a simple outcome (such as kicking a football through the goals) via a series of deliberately complex steps. Each step triggers another to produce a domino effect. We add another level of complexity by incorporating Makey Makeys into the machine.

Maker Makey: Machines supports lessons and learning through the students learning, or consolidating, a range of skills, including but not limited to:

  • Exploring how to manipulate materials using a range of tools, equipment and techniques to create movement.
  • Creating individual pieces of work that contribute to a group task.
  • Exploring and manipulating materials to physically change them to suit a particular purpose.
  • Exploring how movement can be started by combining materials and using forces.
  • Exploring how forces affect the behaviour of objects pushing, pulling and other actions.
  • Adding to, experimenting with and expanding the functionality of a digital system with Makey Makey.
  • Demonstrating that an on/off state in a circuit can represent the digits one and zero.
  • Recognising the need for a complete circuit to allow the flow of electricity.
  • Investigating different electrical conductors and insulators.

Important Information & Requirements

  • Half day, full day and weekly sessions available.
  • Group sizes are limited to a maximum of 40 students.
  • We can run a maximum of two sessions a day.
  • The ideal location for this incursion is a large indoor area.
  • We require access to the incursion location 30-60 minutes before the start time to begin setting up.
  • Teachers are responsible for supervision of students at all times.

Suitability: Grades 5-6

Number of students: Max 50

Duration: Half Day, Full Day, or Weekly sessions

2024 Pricing^ (Inc. Materials): From $400 + GST

^Minimum booking, travel fees may apply.