Robotics & Drumming Extravaganza - Gold Coast

Session 1: Wacky Machines of the Future

How can machines make life easier and more fun for humans in the future? Based on the Wallace and Gromit's Cracking Contraptions animations, you’ll design and build a Wacky machine like the ‘The Soccamatic’ or the ‘The Autochef’ or even the ‘The Snoozatron’? Participants will look at simple mechanical systems using gears, pulleys and levers and design and build new ‘Wacky’ machines which will make life easier. Construction using LEGO and the LEGO Wedo Robotic kits to develop participants’ understanding of Robotics and how they can be used to control mechanical systems.

Session 2: Dramatic Djembe Drumming

It's totally hands-on, interactive fun with every participant having use of a djembe drum. The facilitator has played at International and National venues including regularly at the Gold Coast Suns Games. Come along for first-hand experience, fun and tuition. 


  • Saturday, 10 August 2013 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm


  • Griffith University Gold Coast Campus – Building 31
    Parklands Drive
  • Southport (see campus map) QLD

Event type: Children's activity

  • Maximum places: 40
  • Suggested age range: 6-14

There will be two one hour workshop sessions, one of Robotics, and one of Drumming. Children are grouped into an older and a younger age-group.  The two age-groups swap workshops after the first hour.

Please note that children with hearing sensitivities may find this workshop challenging.

Please arrive at 1:40pm for registration.

Parents please join us at the same time & venue for our free Parent-Teacher Support Group talk ( & a brief AGM. 

Griffith Uni Campus Map (Venue Building 31 - parking on campus is free on weekends) :

Robotics Workshop Presenter Mark Lockett has an Honours degree in Electronic Engineering and Post Graduate teaching qualification in Design Technology. He is the LEGO Technology and Robotics Coordinator and teacher at The Southport School and has presented at numerous International Robotic Education Conferences. He is the Australian and New Zealand LEGO Educator Awardee and a finalist in the Queensland Excellence in Teaching Awards. 

Djembe Drumming workshop is facilitated by Threeworlds, which has played at International and National venues including regularly at the Gold Coast Suns Games.

QAGTC GC - workshop 2013-08-10 - robotics & drumming.pdf

Cost of event:

  • Member cost: 20
  • Non-member cost: 30

Payment details:

Pay workshop fee on day at registration - CASH ONLY accepted - exact change appreciated. ‘No shows’ will forfeit future workshop places - if necessary, please cancel your booking ( as soon as possible, so another child can benefit.
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