MiniSparx get social and technical with school holiday workshops

BRIGHT SPARK: Kaleb Coceancig, 11, is getting set to be a future innovator. He has attended a MiniSparx workshop. Picture: supplied

BRIGHT SPARK: Kaleb Coceancig, 11, is getting set to be a future innovator. He has attended a MiniSparx workshop. Picture: supplied

THERE are plenty of talented scientists across the globe, but if they can’t convey their ideas they will “never get to influence the world,” according to MiniSparx founder Heath Raftery. 

Mr Raftery’s school holiday business, for kids aged 8-12, is focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) based activities and is just as much about the social as it is the technical. 

“We are focusing on getting away from the computer to work with our hands to build and create a prototype,” he said.

“As part of this we will have the opportunity to talk about what we create.”

To be able to explain ideation and creation is an important part of the process. 

“The world has enough programmers, what we don’t have is people who can convey their ideas and use their soft skills to solve problems,” Mr Raftery said. 

The April MiniSparx workshop will cover basic skill building. The children will create a simple circuit and progress to more open-ended challenges. 

MiniSparx will be run on April 18-19, between 10am and 4pm. The cost is $159. To book visit: minisparx.rocks