‘Fun Palace’ Fun

St Aidan’s Junior students shone at SLQ Fun Palace. The girls shared their knowledge and interest in creating ‘banana pianos’ with Makey Makey kits and circuits with Squishy Dough.

Plenty of children and adults experienced using a Makey Makey kit to replace the computer keyboard to play a virtual piano and to play ‘bongo drums’ with marshmallows!


Andrew King, author of ‘Engibear’ series, engineer and teacher, performed with one of our students. Andrew ran an awesome activity exploring the forces of physics by making fidget spinners.

Using Squishy Dough, both conductive dough and insulating dough, children created circuits to light up LED’s. An electrical engineer had fun with his child making a series to brighten up the table! 

The highlight of this event was the presence of Dr Karl Kruszelnicki who delighted hundreds of children with his passion for science.


There were many exciting, innovative and challenging activities for both adults and children to enjoy……including:

Painting, dancing and building with robots

Discovering 13 Ways to start a fire

Creating beautiful prints using the sun

Learning Indigenous language and culture playing Jenga

Becoming a newsreader for Channel 7

Creating stories with artists and designers from Kindergo, including the launch of Tech Heroes Island 

The event ended with fabulous simple science experiments by ‘Street Science’.




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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!