ETC Studio Schedule 2017

Sessions 2018- 2019

Date / Time


Bring / prepare

Planning meeting


Wednesday, September 19 @ 7:00 pm


All meetings will be in Room 8 of the Education Building unless otherwise posted.

Come and help us plan this year's activities.


  • PARKING: $1 - See map
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Cardboard costumes (Transformer or other nifty ideas)


Thursday, October 18 @ 7:00 pm Start your research and bring cardboard, fancy tape, and anything else you need to create your project.


  • Cardboard
  • Tape
  • Fasteners

Cardboard costume ideas:


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Wednesday, November 21 @ 7:00 pm James Perkins from Kids Code Jeunesse will introduce us to micro:bits!

If you attended our Arduino night, you will have a chance to compare it with Micro:Bits. (Coding night.)

  • Laptop - if you have both PC and Mac, bring them.
  • You will receive your own micro:bit. See their website:
  • First hour: introduction
  • Second hour: intermediate
  • Third hour: advanced & play time.

Support Kids Code Jeunesse:

Caine's Arcade: Cardboard games


Wednesday, December 19 @ 7:00 pm

Room 8 of the Education Building

Have you heard about Caine’s Arcade?  If not, check out this video ( !


On December 19th at 7:00 pm we are hosting an event in the ETC Makerspace (Room 8, Education Building, U of S campus) where you will use a design thinking process to prototype some cardboard arcade games.  We’re excited for you to learn about the important step of empathy in the design process while getting hands on experience building with cardboard.  All you need to bring is a careful ear to listen, an open mind to understand, and an enthusiastic attitude to make!

  • Facilitators: Russell Munkler & Jordan Epp
  • Location: Room 8, Education Building
  • Bring: Gadgets and decorations for your cardboard creation;
  • Bring: Xmas snacks to share?


Design thinking

Fun with foam (fashioning helmets and other cool stuff with foam) Wednesday, January 16 @ 7:00 pm Evan #2 will lead us through an evening of foam construction. Creativity required!

Have you ever seen a really elaborate costume and wondered, how did they make that?
In many cases, cosplayers and prop-makers rely on EVA foam. EVA foam is a special kind of rubberized foam that has certain useful properties, including its relatively low cost. At our next event, the ETC Makerspace will explore the properties of EVA foam for prop-making by creating our own helmets. Both the materials and techniques involved are straightforward, easy to learn, and easy to teach to others. This kind of craft can be modified to be child-friendly due to the range of adhesives and tools that work well with EVA foam. Though there are many approaches to prop-making EVA foam, we will focus on low-cost tools and techniques that can be utilized indoors without a dedicated shop space.
  • Creativity
Felting Wednesday, February 27 (?) @ 7:00 pm Charlene and her young assistants will guide us through a felting project. Guaranteed to be warm and fuzzy. 🙂
  • Creativity
Marble runs and/or Lego wall night Wednesday, March 20 @ 7:00 pm We'll choose which one--or maybe we'll do both.
Elastic-powered boats and/or designing iron-on t-shirt logos (cutting and ironing them on!) Wednesday, April 17 @ 7:00 pm We'll choose which one--or maybe we'll do both.

Location TBA

Winding down with dessert? Alexander's for cheesecake?
  • Hunger


Date / Time Details 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
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!

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