TechMate’s Christmas Extreme Adventure Park

TechMate was early this term as I’m to become a grandma any minute! So, Christmas themed Extreme Adventure Park needed to be created early!!

It was a special evening for TechMate (for girls from grade 4 – 6 and their significant male) because TechMate started 3 years ago with a number of our Year 6 students who have been attending since inception….. it was their last TechMate before they head to the senior school! I was overwhelmed by the kindness and thoughtfulness of these students and their parents……TechMate cup-cakes were made and sent in to enjoy…..what an evening!

We began the evening re-visiting some of the wonderful nights and challenges we had experienced over the last 3 years. Then TechMates were given the challenge of creating an Extreme Adventure Park with a Christmas theme.

Together the girls and their TechMate discussed, ideated and planned their creations, altering and changing as difficulties were met in their design! Materials were gathered and work commenced with laughter and plenty of trail and error. Circuits, LittleBits and simple mechanics were included to give life to their stories.

Santas were catapulted, went on wild sled rides, became dizzy on carousels, did bungee jumps, covered in snow, washed in a water fall and flew through the air! Presents were delivered by Rube Goldberg machines, roller coasters and ziplines.

Thank you TechMates for such a memorable evening 😊

Video captures some of the fun:

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Jackie Child
Jackie Child has been teaching primary aged students for 40 years in a number of countries. She is passionate about how children learn through constructivist pedagogy. She is a Teacher Librarian at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School and a sessional tutor at Griffith University for pre-service teachers. Jackie doesn’t believe in standing still, there is always plenty to ‘do’ and learn!