Thursday 3:15 to 5:00
The Science and Technology Group is an after school session for kids and young teens that learns and plays with all aspects of technology. This group has a science and experimental angle to the things we do. As with all our Technohackers groups, we intend it to be a fun clever environment where disaster has plenty of opportunity.
In term 1 we looked at CHEMISTRY mainly in connection to food (but not always). A lot of sugar was caramelized and crystalised. In term 2 we have been looking at ART with our geeky science brains switched on. In term 3, coming up, we will be getting into FORENSICS. With the help of a Scene of Crime Officer we will be investigating blood, bugs, fingerprints, skid marks and rotting stuff amongst other things. Term 4 will be all about Circus PHYSICS and PSYCHOLOGY. It will be all balls and spinning and balancing and general trickery.
The format for each week is a talk and then we will try something out as an experiment or challange. No one knows how stuff will go – we try things out and see.
- The current term will be running Thursdays from 3:15 to 5:00pm at the Whangarei Club. This is for 9 years and up.
- It is ok to arrive later and leave earlier than this if needed, but we will formally kick off at around 3:45 and formally end at around 5:00.
- The 2019 sign-up form can be found at this link here
- We are normally still winding down/packing up at 5:30 but if someone’s pickup is going to be later than this for some reason, give us a call or text to let us know.
- Please always sign-in when arriving.
Kevin coordinates and runs the sessions with the help of others. Contact him for information and with questions. He also has one child attending the group (Jasper aged 13).
Other useful information:
- We do not provide afternoon snack other than water and fruit. For some, the experience of dying of malnutrition will be an issue and providing an extra bit of food could be a good thing.
- We are using the Whangarei Club in Rust Ave. This is across the road from the old Library. There is parking for dropping off to the left of the building.
- The name “Technohackers” was created and picked by the kids. “Techno” is short for technology while “hackers” is shorthand for those of us that create, make, and generally modify technology to solve problems. There is no negative connotation to the word in our context.
- Technohackers are the educational groups within the Questionable Research Labs
- If a child is not collected and we are unable contact their family by 6:30pm, the police will be notified. It’s never happened but this is just so you know the process.
- We encourage parents with skills or interest to help out and we also focus on peer tutoring and support.
- We are supported by a token payment for attendance and by membership. More information can be found on the Membership page.
- For further information please email [email protected]