At Innovate Tech Camps Australia, we have been running many 3D design and printing holiday workshops for kids and teens over 3 years. This year, we are pleased to introduce our students to a new module which is Subtractive Manufacturing.
Students will venture into Subtractive Manufacturing which involves design and manufacturing! Subtractive manufacturing is a process by which 3D objects are constructed by successively cutting material away from a solid block of material. Yes, design and carve your own project.
Subtractive manufacturing can be done by manually cutting the material but is most typically done with a CNC Machine.
One of the advantages of subtractive manufacturing is the variety of materials that can be used, from wood and metal to plastics and acrylics to plasma. (Finer applications such as laser engravers work with an even wider array of materials.) CNC is widely used in manufacturing, and can be found in most facilities.
We are excited to launch this brand new, innovative module into our STEAM classrooms and have students designing and making their own projects.
3D blocks have been used at Innovate Tech Camps Australia's programs for the past three seasons and they have been a hit. These 3D blocks are able to connect vertically and horizontally to create all sorts of creative models from animals to people to flowers, minecraft creeper, trucks, cars and more.
These blocks are so versatile, they intrigue the students who find them challenging and yet fun. 3D blocks gets students to think through how they connect from one block to another and develop their motor skills at the same time.
Come and join in our Smart Cubes and learn how these impressive STEM blocks connect together to create some really cool things.
It has been a much mentioned topic, that robotics, coding, electronics and the works, are for boys. This is a common misconception and as a result, many girls have shied away from STEM subjects.
However, over the years, Innovate Technology and Robotics Academy and Innovate Tech Camps have seen more girls coming into our progams to "have a go", "try it out" or "let's see what happens" and they realize how much they can achieve and how much fun problem solving can be and many of them end up coming back to learn and discover more.
This is truly encouraging, especially since it is an uphill task to get girls doing STEM subjects. There is still a long road ahead in this mission of getting more girls into coding, robotics and more, but we will press on for you never know.
Especially in these days when there is so much cool technology around to entice everyone. How can we resist? 🙂
Check out our Maker Day and Tech Camp for Girls at the following links and get your girls into STEM and STEAM education:
I Can Create – Girls Tech Camp
Maker Days – STEM World of Dreams
We, Team Innovate, would like to thank all our students, parents, primary and high schools under our programs and supporters for such an incredible year.
We’ve had 4 seasons of tech camps, weekly after school programs every term, launched Maker Days for kids, become the Official littleBits Melbourne Chapter, run 2 Vex IQ qualifier events, a Robo I Gather Challenge, a Vex Robotics Qualifier and finally the international Asia Pacific Robotics Championships and lots of scrimmages and other events in between.
All in all, we have now seen thousands of kids come into contact with STEM through our programs and events since we first started.
We congratulate our Australian teams for their great performance at the recent Asia Pacific Robotics Championships. Team 7479 of Hillcrest Christian College won the Judges’ Award, Team 10629A won the Inspire Award and our very newly formed team who took part in the Brain Development System Championships won the Invent Award! A great feat to win something at the Asia Pacific level since Australia has never participated at that level. Congratulations!
Thank you everyone for your support, encouraging words and for volunteering at our events. Another fantastic year has gone by and we look forward to meeting even more kids through our programs in 2016.
Till then, have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year 2016!
The Junior Engineering program at Robotics Club Australia is geared towards STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). Kids get to explore simple machines, gears, pulleys, levers and other science concepts.
The fun of using Lego, to create various models makes learning visual and very much hands-on. Kids learn how to measure time and distance, use simple programming and learn how to create interesting presentations in the classroom.
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It's all about understanding concepts, bringing them to life in a fun, interactive and engaging way. It's about world class learning – now at Kids Inventor Lab.