TinkerTank: Coding, Robots And Design Classes (5 - 18 years)
TinkerTank is Australia's first Maker-Space for everyone aged 5+. They teach STEAM - science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. They are a little different from your usual after school enrichment program, teaching robotics, coding and design to everyone - even during the holidays, on the weekends and for home-educators.
Education on Demand
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. This is child-led and project based learning at it best.
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 makes 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?
On top of their regular memberships and holiday camps - TinkerTank offers the following:
- Corporate Workshops
- Birthday Parties
- STEAM Education Consultancy
- 3D Printer Use
- Internships and Work Experience
- On-line workshops
Being a member at TinkerTank gives you access to the mentors without lock-in contracts or minimum stays!
Come visit at their weekly OPEN HOUSE on Saturdays (10am to 1pm) to learn more!
- Home-School (2 hour time slot between 10-1) Check for days currently available
- After-School (3:30pm - 5:00pm, 5:00pm - 6:30pm)
- Holiday Camps 9:00-12:00, 2:00-5:00 and 9:00-5:00 options
Where: 5/21 South Steyne Manly and NEW LOCATION 58 Atchison Street St Leonards
For pricing and more information, contact [email protected]
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Nov 05 2020
TinkerTank has been a wonderful creative and intellectual outlet for my two children. My son LOVES working with the robots and my daughter has thoroughly enjoyed learning how to 3D print. The staff are welcoming and knowledgable, and the space is clean and engaging.
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.