Workshops: Get Started With Physical Computing!

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Each year the Sydney Mini Maker Faire presents a suite of workshops to allow visitors to get up close and personal with new technologies, techniques and ideas.

Many of these are drop-in sessions, held at the stalls of makers on the floor of the Faire, but we also offer longer sessions that allow for greater depth and experimentation!

In this first selection of workshops, presented by the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences in association with Intel Australia introduce participants to the world of physical computing using the Intel Galileo prototyping board.

These workshops are free, but booking is strongly advised.


Getting Started With Physical Computing

Presented in association with Intel
15 & 16 August 2015, 11.00am–12.00pm and 3.00-4:00pm
Free, but bookings are essential

Get an introduction to the world of making and inventing in this workshop for beginners of all ages. Using the Intel Galileo prototyping board, this workshop will teach you how code can control objects in the real world.

Skills like programming, design thinking and creating new systems are in high demand – and are easy to learn. Focusing on the Arduino programming language, begin your coding journey with the Intel Galileo and the MAAS-developed Thinkershield with an expert from Intel leading the workshop.

This workshop is open to all ages from 8 to adult, and features a minimum of 1 facilitator per 7 learners.


Physical Computing Just For Girls

Presented in association with Intel
15 & 16 August 2015, 1–2pm
Free, but bookings are essential

Get an introduction to the world of making and inventing in this special program just for girls and women. Using the Intel Galileo prototyping board, this workshop will teach you how code can control objects in the real world.

Skills like programming, design thinking and creating new systems are in high demand – and are a blast to learn. Focusing on the Arduino programming language, begin your coding journey with the Intel Galileo and the MAAS-developed Thinkershield with an expert from Intel leading the workshop.

This workshop is for female participants only, ages 8 to adult, and features a minimum of 1 facilitator per 7 learners. Beginners welcome!

Click here to learn more about Thinkspace’s Just For Girls program.


Physical Computing For Educators

Presented in association with Intel
15 & 16 August 2015, 1–2pm
Free, but bookings are essential

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics skills (STEM) are the capabilities of the future. Inspire your students to engage and get excited about STEM skills by opening their eyes to the world of physical computing. Make code jump outside the computer controlling lights, buzzers, motors and more.

This workshop will focus on using the Intel Galileo board, and the open-source Arduino programming language, to bring computing to life.Educators will also walk away with links to a curriculum mapped Teachers Guide to implement directly in their classroom, as well as other classroom resources and support. The time is now to get making and innovating to inspire and engage the students of tomorrow.

This workshop requires no prior experience, and is designed specifically for educators. Bookings are highly recommended.


We’ll be announcing more workshops in the days leading up to next weekend’s Mini Maker Faire. Check the Workshops page for more details.

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