TinkerTank - Coding, Robotics and Design Classes (5 -18 years)
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TinkerTank is Australia's first Maker-Space for everyone, ages 5+. They teach STEAM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. They are a little different from your usual club-house, teaching robotics, coding and design to everyone, and they do it after-school, during the holidays, on the weekends and for home-educators.
Education on Demand
At TinkerTank they don't break time-slots down into class type or age - they do it by person. When you come to TinkerTank as a member, for the first few weeks you get to experience a bit of everything. Then after a few weeks, they will create a playlist of activities that will guide your learning over the following weeks.
Students get complete control over what they learn and can track their progress as they go. They can take photos, share videos and build a portfolio of experiences.
Why STEAM subjects?
STEAM is the combination of a number of areas of education. STEAM is the future of education... and work! Schools, communities and governments are struggling to provide a solution for everyone. That's where TinkerTank comes in - they make learning engaging, fun and effective by using Project-based learning as the cornerstone of teaching. Without applying to learn, you will struggle to get anyone, young or old to retain it. Simply put - TinkerTank make learning fun.
STEAM skills are required in 75% of new jobs today - that number is only going to increase - it's time to #futureproof at TinkerTank.
What else do they do?
At TinkerTank they have a bunch of things to do during your home school, after school, or holiday schedule.
On top of their regular memberships and holiday camps - TinkerTank offers the following:
- Corporate Workshops
- Birthday Parties
- Studio Hire
- STEAM Education Consultancy
- 3D Printer Use
- Internships and Work Experience
Every time slot at TinkerTank is a time that you get to go in to create!
TinkerTank offers a playlist of activities, that are planned out for a few weeks. Each week working through your playlist and learning new skills with your mentor.
Being a member at TinkerTank gives you access to the classes, mentors and their learning platform.No lock-in contracts or minimum stays!
Take a membership tour to learn about the time slots that are available from $45 per week.
- Before School (7:30am - 8:30am)
- Home-School (9:00am - 12:00pm, 12:00am - 3:00pm)
- After-School (3:30pm - 5:00pm, 5:00pm - 6:30pm)
- FIRST Robotics Team (Weds 6:00pm - 9:00pm)
Where: 29 Rialto Lane Manly and NEW LOCATION 58 Atchison Street St Leonards
For pricing and more information, contact TinkerTank today.
Jan 09 2020
My son had a great day! I was very impressed with how much he enjoyed designing his nametag in a 3D platform, in preparation for it to be 3D printed. He really enjoyed coding through the Star Wars and Minecraft platforms. I can see how he was encouraged to think through the movements he coded the robot character to perform (thanks Miguel!), and how the instructions developed his understanding of how to code. It was disappointing that he did not participate in robotics, electronics or animation, despite Julija explaining that those activities were structured into the day. I guess that's the downside of being "child led" - if the child doesn't go to an activity then they don't get to find out whether they're interested in that activity, and they don't try that activity out. They don't know what they're missing, so they don't participate. Also disappointing that, despite Julija telling me that the children would be dismantling, examining and discussing the components of an electronic device, this apparently did not occur. My son missed out on one of the main activities I was keen for him to experience. I was surprised to discover that the kids were taken off site and walked through Manly for their lunch break. It's terrific that they got out for some outside air and play, but this was not made clear on the website or communication on the morning. Very impressed with everything my child did! Somewhat disappointed with what he didn't do, and the lack of clarity about the overall programme... I hope this is useful feedback for other parents thinking of participating in these workshops.