Pablo the Robot Draws Warilla High Students Into High-Tech Future

A locally-developed robot called Pablo will see Warilla High School students explore creativity and technology in an exciting new program to run at the school in 2017. Warilla High School is partnering with Polygon Door, a resident company in the University of Wollongong’s iAccelerate program.  Founded by two UOW academics – Polygon Door will work[…]

July School Holidays at Wollongong Art Gallery – Filling Fast

Come and explore beyond the screen at our Code and Creative Machines workshop for 10-15 year olds this July school holidays in partnership with Wollongong Art Gallery. Places are extremely limited and filling fast  so book now. More info: Coding & Creative Machines at Wollongong Art Gallery This course is more than about learning to code and its[…]

Robots! Sensors! Lasers! Music! What a way to spend your Holidays.

Our Holiday Camp was an amazing experience full of surprises and important lessons- for Etienne and I as much as for our wonderful students. In designing the course we imagined a playful space in which we empowered students to explore their own creativity through and with technology. We didn’t anticipate just how clever and creative[…]

Introduction to Coding and Creative Machines

We’ve been going over our planned activities for our January (January 11-15 in Thirroul – Thirroul Railway Institute Preservation Society Hall ) holiday camp. So far the plan looks like this; On the first day we will be handing out and exploring the electronics we’ll be introducing. This includes an Arduino Mega micro-controller (a small[…]

Hello? World? : Learn to Code by Listening to Machines.

How do we hold people’s attention as they struggle through that first difficult stage as they grapple with code and coding? We think the answer might be in removing the focus from the technical skill they are learning, harnessing their creative thinking and helping them to identify and drive toward an inspiring result. ‘Hello World’[…]

The thinking behind Polygon Door maker labs.

The thinking behind our first Polygon Door maker labs. Many years experience introducing young adults from different backgrounds and disciplines to code and coding (programming) has taught us that no-one learns to code well without a reason for coding in the first place. That is perhaps something we should have already known intuitively as educators[…]