Become an expert problem solver with our engineering challenges for Grades 5 to 9.
For 2017, the Discovery Centre has created a brand new learning experience!
Challenge Workshops offer school groups the unique opportunity to focus on hands-on learning and open-ended exploration with a variety of tools and materials.
These sessions run for 90 minutes and cost $12 per Workshop per person (with a minimum of 10 participants and a maximum of 30 participants) unless otherwise specified.
The 90 minute sessions allow for students to investigate problems and generate ideas with enough time to evaluate and produce multiple solutions. Your school may just want to come for the workshop, or you can include an exhibit, slide or planetarium session with your booking at an additional cost.
Visit our Excursions page for more information on a visit to Discovery. There are a variety of excursion options to suit your school's requirements.
Challenge Workshops are aligned with the Australian Curriculum and AusVELS. These workshops focus on the Science curriculum as well as Design and Technology curriculum and are built around a Design Thinking framework. They encourage students to look at a problem, think of a solution, test that solution, evaluate the results and refine the idea to create a better solution. It is about building mutliple prototypes and working with others to improve ideas and think innovatively. There are no right or wrong answers!
Our Challenge Workshops include:
Look at momentum and how we can change variables to control forces by creating a rolling track for a marble. Students will need to create various engineered solutions to overcome obstacles and manipulate the marble's movement!
Students work with electrical components to discover how to operate circuits and create their own game. By exploring energy conservation, electricity and how we communicate complex ideas, students will have a greater understanding of the engineering that happens all around us.
From instruments to noise reduction, sound is an area of serious engineering! By experimenting with different materials to generate sounds, students will explore ways to make their own instruments and contribute to the cultural story of music and sound effects.
Blowing Up Maths
Create giant geometrical structures using modelling balloons. Twist and join balloons to make triangles, squares and pentagons which then combine to make pyramids, cubes or a massive icosahedron big enough to climb inside or take back to school to hang from the ceiling as mathematical artwork!
* The cost of the workshops are in addition to Discovery's General/Group Admission fees.