Imagine and design solutions to challenging questions posed at the Maker Space. Make your creation from a range of
materials provided and test out your design. Share your thinking with others and build on each other’s ideas.
Current Maker Space Activity
16 December 2020 - 28 March 2021
Strum, rattle, tap, strike and pluck! Design a Sound Maker which can produce a range of different sounds. What words will you use to describe your new sounds?
How will you change the pitch of your sound? What if you needed to make it louder…..or quieter?
This noisy activity invites you to follow a design process. Below are some of the questions that will help you at each stage of the process.
Think of some solutions
- What musical instruments have you seen that could give you some ideas? How do these instruments produce and change their sound?
- What needs to happen for something to make a sound.
- How can you change a sound – making it higher or lower (pitch) and louder or softer?
- What ideas do you have for a design?
Make a prototype
- How will the different properties of the materials you use, affect the sound they make?
- How will your Sound Maker make a sound?
- How will you create different types of sounds and change the sounds you make?
- What part of the design are you finding tricky to build?
Test it out
- What did you see and hear when you tested your Sound Maker?
- How many different types of sounds did you make? Where you able to change the pitch or loudness of your sounds?
- How would you describe the sounds you made?
- What part of your design worked really well?
Improve your design
- How could you improve on your design?
- What could you add to or use with your Sound Maker to make a louder or softer sound?
- How could you change your design to make a range of different pitched sounds (low and high)? Can you create a tune?
- What ideas could you incorporate from someone else’s design?
This activity supports the key learning areas of Science and Design & Technology, in the Australian Curriculum.
Changes have been made to our Maker Space programs. This includes increased cleaning of furniture and shared
equipment, disposal of single use materials after use and changes in the way we disperse material to reduce
handling. Social distancing measures will be in place in the Maker Space, so that visitors can design, make and test
Previous program ideas and resources
14 September 2020 – 15 December 2020
Grab, scoop, hook, flip and grip as you design and build a device to pick something up – without touching it with your hands! How can you build parts that can move, bend or rotate?
Test out your device by transporting an object from one place to another. Will your device be able to securely contain your object over a distance? Measure how far or how high can you move your object?
Make improvements to your device and consider what you would need to change if you were transporting a different object.
Slow it down
22 June 2020 – 13 September 2020
How slow can you go? Design a way to slow down a speeding cart before it
reaches the end of the track.
Make a vehicle and add customised parts to your cart. Test out your cart by rolling it down a ramp
and measuring how far your cart goes. Make improvements to your design, so that your cart travels an
increasingly shorter distance.
Think about the forces involved as your cart moves along the track. Change the angle of the ramp and
see what happens.
Set up a Slow it down Maker Space
challenge at your space.
Take a seat
16 December 2019 – 29 March 2020
Fold, cut, roll and join! How will you change cardboard to make a mini chair? Be a designer and
create a simple prototype using a range of different repurposed materials.
Consider who your chair is for and what they need this chair to do. Use a toy or small manikin as a
character for testing. As you design your chair, think about strong shapes, structure, movable parts
Take a seat. Set up this Maker Space
prototype challenge at your space.
17 September – 15 December 2019
Push, pull, lift and tilt! Add parts to an air powered machine. What will you make the machine do?
Use two 10 ml syringes and plastic tubing to create a pneumatic system. When you push on one syringe
plunger, the air pressure inside the system will cause the plunger in the other syringe to move. Add
parts to your movable plungers. What will you make your air powered machine do? Add more their one
pneumatic system into your machine.
Create an Air Machine Maker Space
activity at your space.
Land sailing rovers
24 June 2019 - 16 September 2019
How far will your wind-powered vehicle travel down a test track? Make a vehicle and create a
customised mast and sail. Use a fan to propel your rover through some all-terrain
challenges, such as different surfaces, ramps and bridges.
Consider the properties of different materials and whether you need your mast and sail to be light
or heavy, strong, rigid or flexible. Think about the forces involved as your rover moves
Set up a Land sailing
rovers Maker Space activity at your space.
Shake it up
4 April 2019 - 23 June 2019
Can your structure survive the power of an earthquake? Make and test your custom-built design to see
if they survive the destructive force of the quake. Consider the different properties of the
materials you are using and whether it is better for your structure to be light or heavy, strong,
rigid or flexible? What happens if the quake is quite strong or you add multi-levels or weights to
Set up your own Shake it
up Maker Space activity at your space.
Can you cross it?
17 December 2018 – 3 April 2019
Moving something across town, over the river, up the mountain or across the valley takes some
thought. Build a structure to help move something light or heavy between two parts of the landscape.
Consider materials, strong shapes and the size and weight of your object. Your landscape can be made
using boxes or furniture and have parts that are of different heights and different width spans.
Can you cross it? Set up this Maker
Space challenge at your space.
Zip to it
17 September 2018 – 16 December 2018
This tricky terrain is a breeze if you slide or roll down a zip line.
Make a device that transports a person or object safely along a zip line. Zip lines can be made from
different types of thread, cord or line, set up at different angles and have different
Set up your Zip to it Maker Space activity at your space. Watch our design challenge video and download the resource.