Hydraulics is Fun and Challenging!

This term’s TechMate evening proved to be an exhilarating experience filled with excitement, problem-solving, and boundless creativity! The event brought together fathers, grandfathers, and big brothers who joined forces with their TechMates to embark on a thrilling journey of designing and building artifacts using hydraulics.

Hydraulics, a mechanical function that harnesses the force of liquid pressure, became the focus of the evening. TechMates ingeniously constructed their hydraulic systems using syringes and plastic tubing, pushing the boundaries of their imaginations and engineering skills.

The evening was a proof to the incredible potential that emerges when collaboration and innovation converge. Each pair of TechMates faced unique challenges and worked together to overcome them, showcasing their problem-solving abilities and resourcefulness.

The artifacts created by the TechMates were nothing short of remarkable. From miniature cranes that could lift small objects, rain clouds creating rainbows to bridges opening to allow ships to pass, the level of imagination and ingenuity on display left everyone in awe.

At the end of the evening, a celebration ensued as the creations were shared and admired by all. The atmosphere was filled with appreciation for the hard work, dedication, and remarkable achievements of each TechMate pair.

Clip from some of the creations


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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!