A science and technology play space offering children and young adults the chance to develop new skills in this fast-growing arena is delighting youngsters and parents in manly.
COVERED. Found out more about TINKERTANK, its membership program and special holiday classes on offer this April.
TinkerTank is a STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics – space and a community that welcomes people of varying ages with an inquiring mind.
The centre in Rialto Lane, Manly, offers classes, workshops and holiday sessions in robotics, coding, design, animation and gaming, catering for youngsters as young as five right the way through to 18-years-old and beyond.
James McArthur, head of customer relations at TinkerTank and something of a robotics expert, says the idea is to redress the imbalance in science and technology that has seen Australia going backwards in these skills over the past 15 years.
“TinkerTank can go into schools and do project based learning which is more interactive and ultimately successful,” explains James.
“We want kids to help build the robots of the future not be replaced by them. If you have an idea we can help you make it,” he adds.
Teachers and mentors work with the children sharing their expertise, educating and extending the potential that is there to be nurtured.
One of these is founder Julija McDowell, originally from California, worked for more than 15 years in film animation winning multiple awards, being nominated for Academy Awards several times and working for Lucas Film, Lucas Arts and Disney, among others.
The team also includes software experts, entrepreneurs, plus specialists in design, video production, coding, programing and even geology and music.
Membership to TinkerTank allows varying levels of access to the creative educational space. There are courses in a variety of subjects, from robotics and game design to coding and YouTube, as well as animation, 3D printing and even craft sessions.
Younger kids can enjoy the TinkerTots three to six-year-old free play and experimenting session with a new theme each week and TinkerTank also hosts before school care and offers packages for home-schoolers, offices and parties. The TinkerTank meeting room is also available for hire.
AFTER SCHOOL CARE AT TINKERTANK
Offer After School Care from 3pm-6pm
One to five days. BOOK NOW.
SCHOOL HOLIDAY CAMPS IN APRIL
TinkerTank is running a series of holiday camps for children aged six to 18-years from April 10-14, 9am – 4pm. Call now to secure your spot.
Level 1, 29 Rialto Lane,
Manly NSW 2095
Phone: 1300 670 104