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Family Day: Technology and Games

Duration: 6 hours
Finished 4 March 2023
Powerhouse Castle Hill

Powerhouse Castle Hill presents a free day of demonstrations, talks and hands-on activities focused on technology and gaming – designed to inspire people of all ages.

Technology Collection

Open 10am – 4pm
All kinds of innovative technologies that changed our lives are contained in Store 2 including telephones, cameras, sewing machines, clocks, heaters, light bulbs, radios, televisions, typewriters, record players and plastics. You can also see printing presses, engines, machines and other intriguing contraptions dating from the industrial age to the present day.

Walkthrough: What’s that Sound

Tours at 11am, 1pm and 3pm
Be taken on a tour of the sounds surrounding us. Some sounds provide help, such as alarms and sirens. Others we choose to hear because they enrich our lives, such as the noises made by gaming consoles, clocks, and of course, musical instruments. This tour will explore many types of sounds.


Performing 11am – 2pm
Listen to cosplaying DJ Jadeabella playing a series of gaming related beats and tunes.

Mars First Logistics

Open 10am – 3.30pm
Create your own digital mechanised space rover to carry cargo across Mars. Test your engineering and problem-solving skills in this open-world physics simulation by Melbourne-based game developer Shape Shop.


Open 10am – 3.30pm
Design the perfect soundscape for your gaming experience. Using Syrinscape you can create immersive, dynamic sound effects to create a musical gaming experience.

Game Design Workshop

Workshops at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm
In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the basics of level game design using Unity. Participants will learn various design concepts to make their games fun and challenging. This workshop uses Unity game engine, which is a free and professional game development software. Sign up at the front door as there are limited spaces available.

Too Many Cooks

Open 10am – 3.30pm
Play a fast-paced, cooperative family boardgame where everyone gets to be a fussy chef. Combine all of your characters’ culinary tastes to make a soup before time runs out. Created by Australian boardgame designer Jarrah Bloomfield.


Open 10am – 3.30pm
Create your own gaming character using PixilArt. Inspired by retro and arcade games, pixel art lets you build 8-bit characters, tools or worlds. A selection of the best PixilArt from the day will be presented at Powerhouse Late X Gaming on the 6 April.

The Godfeather

Open 10am – 3.30pm
Take back your old neighbourhood in The Godfeather. Play as a cranky pigeon and take over enemy territory to regain control of your neighbourhood. Designed by Sydney-based game developers Hojo Studio.

Mars Rover Demo

Demonstrations at 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm and 2.30pm
Meet our quarter-scale Curiosity Mars Rover replica. Hosts will be available to answer questions and engage in conversation about autonomous robotics, the design process and technology involved in this robot, the current missions exploring Mars and what this means for the search for life elsewhere in our Solar System.


This event is free, but registration is recommended.

Please note there are no food or drink facilities on site, but you are welcome to bring a picnic lunch and blanket to enjoy the lawns.