Maker Junior is thrilled to be partnering with researchers from the School of Information Technology at Carleton University. We will be hosting a fun, free, Inventors Workshop for 7-9 year olds to explore bendable materials and electronics. Young 7-9 yrs makers must have participated in past Maker Junior Workshops in order to attend the first phase of these workshops. During this workshop we’ll be playing games and exploring the properties of different materials alongside electronics. All participants will have a chance to build their own inventions and share with everyone what they have created.
At a later date, after the Inventors Workshop, we’ll be hosting sessions with our littlest inventors, 2-5 years of age, to see how they engage and interact with refined prototypes. During this session, participants will be able to play and interact with various prototypes to see what is the most fun! For this second phase siblings of past participants are welcome as well as friends.
Participants will be compensated with refreshments, materials and bus tickets with their parent to and from the location. This research has been cleared by Carleton University Research Ethics Board-B (16-083).
The workshop dates are:
April 17th, 2016
Room 1B, Nepean Centrepointe Library
May 7th, 2016
Qualicum-Graham Park Community Centre
May 28th, 2016
Group A 10:30- 11
Group B 11-11:30
Location to be announced
For more information, or if you are interested in participating in this free workshop please contact Alison at firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-710-9427.
Dr Audrey Girouard
Supervisor, School of Information Technology, Carleton University
Alison Evans Adnani
Business Partner, Maker Junior
Lead Researcher, Carleton University
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