TechMates created with Hydraulics!

TechMate is held once a term for our girls from Grade 4 – 6 to come along with a significant male in their life to enjoy time together and share ideas, skills and knowledge. They learn that technology is for everyone, try new things and enjoy the process of creating and socialising with new friends and most importantly – having FUN!

This term TechMates explored hydraulics using syringes. Together they thought of an idea on how to use hydraulics to make their idea move. The imagination, creativity and ideas were extraordinary ….as always!

We had creations of a cherry-pickers, bridges, a bug with moving ears, cranes lifting and shifting, ‘Jef’ singing  ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’, a light being turned on and off, elevators moving between floors, flag raising, revealing the pages in a book, a rocket launch, chicken feeder, a rainbow lorikeet flying and a helter-skelter of sorts!

An evening of solving-problems, collaborating, critically thinking about solutions and altering designs. So much learning whilst having FUN…..


At the end of the evening I make a short video….this one is a little longer…..but worth a look….http://


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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!