We are currently running the following groups. If you wish to join a group or help form a new group focusing on your own area of interest, please get in touch with Kevin via our contact page… If you are looking for the sign up page here is a link.
Technohackers Science and Technology Group
Ages 9 – 15, Thursday 3:15 to 5:00pm.
The Science and Technology session is an after school group for kids and young teens looks into science and technology with a bit of an experimental angle. We intend it to be a fun clever environment where disaster has plenty of opportunity. The things we do and the topics we cover will be eclectic. Each term will focus on a theme but will stray a bit as we see other interesting things to play with. Term 1 this year we will be looking at Chemistry – with a bit of a food angle. Last year we investigated plastic, looked at the brain and perception (reality), tested ideas in building and construction, and finally in term 4, looked at rockets and projectiles. We never follow a linear path so who knows what we might do this year?
Find out more and registration here…
Questionable Research Labs
Teens, Thursday 6pm to 8pm.
Play, Eat, Talk, Code, Make, Test, Panic, Pretend we know what we are doing, Relax.
• Let’s kick of the year with a focus on some existing projects (VR/Tens game, Vending machine, Unity coding, Repairing of various things, Water tank monitor system, all spring to mind). New projects will unavoidably arise (serious and the less than serious).
• As with last year, bring $5 (or a bit more) for a shared Pizza dinner.
• In a nutshell: The Questionable Research Labs is where questionable projects meet curious people. And stuff happens.
Technohackers Coding Group
Ages 9+, Tuesday 3:15 to 5:00pm.
The Technohackers Coding Group is all about getting into coding and dreaming about the cool game they are going to create. You can start in this group without knowing what you are doing (Technohackers all start not knowing what they are doing) and work towards your own creations. This group is about learning coding to make games. We Create and We Play.
This term we are recruiting some of our senior Technohackers to act as tutors (1 to 3 learners). It does make it a little more expensive but it might also be a little bit better.
Contact Kevin for more information. Participants will need access to a laptop, perseverance and a love of computer games. We have a couple spare laptops and are always looking for not-too-old donations.
Find out more and registration…
This year the Technohackers Robotics Group is all about building and then racing autonomous AI robot cars. We do most of our work from scratch. No shiny off the shelf robots here.
Our platform will be based on the Donkey Car (info here). The main components are an RC car, a Raspberry Pi, a camera and some Python coding (Neural Net to enable the car to learn).
Some coding skills needed, ideally Python. More importantly however, perseverance in the face of not having a clue what you’re doing.
Because we need to use reasonably good quality RC Cars as a base the hardware will cost about $250NZ all up. If you are interested, don’t let money be a barrier, lets see what we can work out.
Adults: Questionable Research Labs
The Questionable Research Labs is an ideas incubator. A pre-startup playground for experimenting with questionable ideas. As indicated by its very name, takes a deliberately playful and unpretentious approach to its own existence. Contact us for further information.