ETC Studio Schedule 2017


Date / Time


Bring / prepare

Breakout Boxes Thursday, May 18, 2017

Come out for a fun night of testing and planning breakout box activities. We will be using breakout boxes from

  • Breakout EDU is the immersive learning games platform.
  • The Breakout EDU kit allows for the facilitation of games where players use teamwork and critical thinking to solve a series of challenging puzzles in order to open the locked box.
  • Games are available for all ages and content areas.

 When you come, you will first have to “crack” into a breakout box. Then, we will discuss how to use, set-up, and facilitate a breakout session with your own students. We will discuss the pedagogical effectiveness of breakout boxes.

When you successfully complete the puzzles and get into your breakout box, there is a surprise . . . save some time afterwards for the surprise . . .

  • Curiosity
  • Craftiness
  • Problem solving skills
  • PARKING: $1 - See map

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3D Capture

Thursday, April 27 , 2017

7:00 - 10:00 pm

During this session, we will look at a variety of ways to create 3D models:

- 3D software for smartphones
- A hand-held laser scanner (Structure Sensor)
- A DRONE with a camera

The question is what is fun and feasible in the schools and libraries?


  • Questions & curiosity
  • iPads, tablets, computers, and/or smartphones
  • Ideas regaring other ways to create models
Bridge building TBA Test your engineering skills. Build a bridge with popcicle sticks and test its strength. A great activity that incorporates physics and mathematical concepts.
  • Decorations for your bridge.
Wearable computing: sewing and programming things you can wear! (Facilitator: TBA) TBA    




Previous sessions


What we did


Treasure hunting with Aurasma & inaugural meeting

(Facilitator: Marguerite Koole)

February 25, 2016
7:00 – 10:00 pm
  • Try a treasure hunt
  • Make a treasure hunt
  • Show your creation
  • Discussion: how to use in the classroom
  • Discussion: makerspaces


  • A mobile device: Apple or Android
  • Download and install Aurasma:
  • Create an account for yourself
  • Download the Google Cardboard app to your Apple or Android smartphone.
Snap Circuit
Makey Makey
(Facilitators: Hossain Mohammad & Marguerite Koole)
March 24, 2016
7:00 – 10:00 pm
  • Demo
  • Try it
  • Demo Try it
  • Discussion: how to use in the classroom (not just the science classroom!)
  • Free discussion & time to experiment


  • Watch these videos:


  • Snap Circuit


Wiimote hacking

(Facilitator: Jordan Epp)

April 21, 2016
7:00 – 10:00 pm
  • Demo: how to hack wii-mote controls and use them to control your computer.
  • Create your own smartboard using a simple wii-mote.
  • Make and take: your own infrared pen.
  • Discussion and free time to hack.



In-class activities and tools: Solar Walk (app) and Visual Interactive Notebooks

(Facilitator: Hossain Mohammad)

May 26, 2016
7:00 – 10:00 pm
  • Demo: Solar Walk
  • Try the Solar Walk
  • Demo: Visual Interactive Notebooks
  • Create your own Visual Interactive Notebook
  • Discussion: how to use in the classroom



Toy car building
(Facilitator: Jean-François Dionne)
June 23, 2016
7:00 - 10:00 pm
  • Cars will be build using cardboard, small engines, and other recycled parts.
  • We will race our creations.
  • Bring any special decorations that you might want to use on your car.
  • Note that we will be using hot-glue guns, box cutters, scissors, and salvaged parts from old toys. Small parts can be ingested. Therefore, children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
An introduction to arduinos and programming (Facilitator: Jordan Epp) July 21, 2016
7:00 - 10:00 pm
  • Bring a laptop
Register online:
Jewelbots - Programming wearable bracelets - Entice girls into programming! January 19, 2017
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Jewelbots are the perfect tool to introduce kids 7-14 to the principles of programming. Jewelbots are perfect for beginners and the open source Arduino IDE offers a full fledged coding experience for pros. Jewelbots use Arduino - a language also taught in many school educational programs.

Light-Up Valentine's Day Cards - Introduce kids to circuitry.


February 1st , 2016
7:00 - 9:00 pm

This tutorial will guide you through how to create simple paper circuitry using only copper tape, a coin cell battery, a LilyPad Button Board, and an LED. (Idea from:

** Learn how to do this on February 1st and teach your students how to do it on February 14th!

  • Bring your creativity


Future topics


3D Printing Arduino microcontrollers Introduction to AutoCAD
3D Modeling Raspberry Pi - programming  
3D Scanning Jewelbots – programming for girls  
Scratch and Hopscotch - Teaching kids the power of code And, much, much more!