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Technology workshop: video conference

Duration: 50 minutes
From Term 1, 2022 Video Conference

Please note, to participate in this online workshop, learners must have access to computers with the Arduino Software and your own set of ThinkerShield kits. If you do not have access to the kits, you can visit the Powerhouse to participate in our Technology workshop. Our ThinkerShield kits are presently out of stock.


For schools with kits, this interactive video conference, hosted over Zoom, introduces the Arduino coding language using the Museum’s custom microcontroller, ThinkerShield. Experiment, tinker and invent in this practical and creative introduction to computer science.

Learners will read, manipulate and write code in the Arduino language (based on C/C++) by programming LEDs to create custom light patterns on the ThinkerShield.

Tailored to support Technology and Applied Sciences in Stages 4 and 5, this interactive guided workshop is also perfect for classes using the NSW Department of Education’s Crack the Code unit.

ThinkerShield is a unique combination of microprocessor (brain) and electronic components (inputs: buttons, sensors; outputs: lights, sounds, etc), which are controlled by computer code.

An open-source electronics prototyping platform, based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software, Arduino is designed for artists, designers, hobbyists and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments. Read more about Arduino.

If you are new to video conferences we have an informative how to connect guide for support.

This on-demand digital program is part of the 2022 schools offer, available Monday to Friday at 10am, 11am, midday, 1pm and 2pm.


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Syllabus Links

Technology Mandatory Stage 4: 


  • develop thinking skills when designing and producing digital and non-digital solutions 


  • TE4-4DP
    designs algorithms for digital solutions and implements them in a general-purpose programming language 


Information and Software Technology Stage 4: 


  • 1 knowledge and understanding of a range of computer software and hardware 


  • 4.1.1 recognises and uses software programs that are suitable for specific tasks  
  • 4.1.2 identifies and demonstrates appropriate use of a range of hardware 


Information and Software Technology Stage 5: 


  • 1 knowledge and understanding of a range of computer software and hardware 


  • 5.1.1 selects and justifies the application of appropriate software programs to a range of tasks 
  • 5.1.2 selects, maintains and appropriately uses hardware for a range of tasks 


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Learning Resources

This program has several useful Learning resources to use before and after the video conference. 

Before the video conference please download the Arduino Software. 

After the video conference visit the ThinkerShield website for project ideas. 

Visit Arduino for project ideas and help with arduino language. 

Visit the Crack the code unit of work for more information. 

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