Workshops at Maker Extravaganza 2015

Posted on July 30, 2015 Under Uncategorized

There are two types of workshops happening at the Maker Extravaganza on August 1st & 2nd. They are open to all ages unless otherwise specified:

1. Drop-in Workshops will run throughout the weekend at different stations across both floors of the library. These include felting, 3D printing, boat making, cupcake decorating and more! Find them on your map when you arrive and nab a seat!

2. Pre-registered workshops have a set time and can only take a limited number of attendees. You need to purchase a ticket for these in advance – and be quick, they’re selling out fast! Here is a list of the pre-registered workshops available:


Bumble Bee Workshop 
Logics Academy

Saturday, August 1st 9:00am-11:00am


Participants will build their own musical pencil and learn how you can map different electrical devices to resistance in a circuit. They will surely enjoy building this novel musical ‘ohm’ meter themselves and using it to innovate and create! Participants will investigate the difference between conductors and insulators, why some things can carry electricity and some are resistant to it. Among other things, the pencil allows little makers to create a hand drawn working piano, be challenged to play songs and use their bodies as a real electric circuit! $20 Tickets here.


Bump Bot Mini Robot Workshop
Logics Academy

Saturday, August 1st 11:15am-1:15pm


With this super exciting take home, participants will build a rumba style bumpbot. Participants will learn about circuit diagrams and get to put their knowledge of circuit diagrams to the test by slowly assembling their robots, piece by piece. We will go over parallel, and series, circuits, switches and loads, and the symbols that represent them. Join this exciting hands on workshop and become your own toy creator!  Age: 9yrs – 13yrs. $25 Tickets here.


Introduction to Arduino
Family Workshop

Saturday, August 1st 1:30pm-3:30pm


Get started with Arduino, the world’s most popular open-source electronics platform! Attendees will get a chance to learn Arduino from Vernon Kee, engineer turned teacher and head of the SMR program at John Polanyi Collegiate Institute where his students begin learning Arduino in Grade 9!

Children aged 8-18 are permitted to attend with their parent. Parent and child must be present at all times during the workshop. No single adults or single unattended children will be allowed. 1 Ticket = 1 adult & 1 child for the workshop. $5 Tickets here.

**People must bring their own laptops and Arduino must be installed BEFORE you come to the Festival. The workshop will begin with the assumption that you have installed the software successfully from here:


Little Robot Friends Workshop
Program a Custom Robot Personality Using Little Robot Friends & Arduino

Saturday, August 1st 3:45pm-4:45pm

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Little Robot Friends are cute, programmable robotic characters that are a great start for learning electronics and programming. This workshop will introduce you to the Little Robot Friends, describe the inputs and outputs that make them sense and express, and walk you through the process of creating a custom personality with unique light and sound reactions. We will also show you how you can program a trick or song into your robot (time permitting).

Age range is 10 and up. Programming experience is not required but recommended. Little Robot Friend kits will be provided for the workshop and attendees will receive a coupon for a discounted LRF creative combo bundle if they want to purchase one to take home. $5 Tickets here.

Please bring your own laptop computer with the Arduino software (v1.0.X) installed, the LRF for Arduino library and drivers for the LRF Dock. Check out for links to software and more information.


Maker Art – Oddbot Sculpture Workshop
Introduction to found object /assemblage sculpture

Sunday, August 2nd 10:00am-12:00pm

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Led by metal oddment artist K MacLean, this make and take workshop will provide participants with an introduction to found object sculpture. Using an assortment of reclaimed hardware and other objects they will create their own interpretation of a robot. Ages 7-12, $12 Tickets here.


Rethink The Box
Creative Problem Solving Workshop

Sunday, August 2nd 12:30pm-2:30pm

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People, we have a problem! Rethink the Box is a project that presents individuals with a box that contains a set of materials that they can use to solve an assigned problem. Like the problem in the movie Appollo 13, “we gotta find a way to make this, fit into the hole for this, using nothing but that.” This problem-based maker activity will help individuals develop their problem solving and effective collaboration skills, develop flexible knowledge, and it will provide an opportunity for self-directed learning. Participants will be placed in small teams and then given an opportunity to solve a problem with the materials provided. This will be followed by a consolidation of the ideas presented. Come, have fun, and make! Ages 8 and up. $15 Tickets here.


Technocraft: Crafting Videogame Controllers
Make your own DIY controllers with traditional crafts and makeymakeys.

Sunday, August 2nd 2:45pm-4:45pm


Digital art and handmade crafts are often seen as polar opposites yet their history is entwined. Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer, likened programming to weaving on a loom. Pixel art and images use the same properties as cross-stitching. In fact, our computers and phones themselves are still largely hand-glued and fit together by young women across the world. In this workshop we will explore this relationship by handcrafting controllers from traditional crafting materials and techniques and hooking them up to a computer. Make a videogame controller, a crafty musical instrument, or wearable art. Traditional methods of crafting will be demonstrated, from sewing and weaving to macrame and mosaics, as well as how conductive materials can be used to make digital interactive objects. $20 Tickets here.

Participants do not need to have any game-making or game-playing experience, musical talent, crafting knowledge, digital art know-how, or really any skills at all.
**If possible, bring a laptop. If you happen to have a makeymakey, bring that too. If you do not have either, that’s more than ok!