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STEAM Carnival

Date: Saturday, 08 December, 2018

Time: 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Canning Showgrounds - Corner Albany Highway & Station Street, Cannington WA 6107 Cost: $10.00

Organiser: City of Canning

Cost: $10.00

Get ready to undertake a fantastic journey across time and space, to the edges of the universe, past the limits of human imagination. This is the Australian first STEAM Carnival! Brought to you by the City of Canning and Two Bit Circus.

Conceptualised in Los Angeles and making its way to Canning for an Australian-first, the City of Canning is pleased to be hosting, in partnership with Two Bit Circus, STEAM Carnival.

STEAM Carnival is a social amusement platform for all ages that uses technology infused games and immersive hands-on experiences that leverage people’s passion for music, fashion and games to engage them in science, technology, engineering, arts and maths.

Two Bit Circus is a non-profit educational organisation designed to cultivate the next generation of inventors, advance environmental stewardship and spur community engagement.

Developed in Los Angeles and making their debut appearance in Australia are ten giant tech games engineered by Two Bit Circus and tweaked here in Australia. Think drones, lasers, wacky arcade games and so much more.

Enjoy hours of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) entertainment including: 

  • Inspiring talks from key leaders in their field
  • Hands on workshops designed to test and inspire
  • Exhibits by local business, clubs, universities and schools with STEAM projects
  • Visual storytellers and performers including costumed characters and roving carnival-spirited acts
  • The Lunar Sensation Big Top filled with exciting circus performers and explosive shows from our partners at Scitech!
  • Games and interactive experiences

And of course to keep you fueled all day long, drop by our G'Astronomy Food Village, filled with tasty delights and themed eats!

YES, Mind Buzz will be there! We will have the van there and a bunch of computers set up for anyone who wants to play some Minecraft and have a break. Come and say hi! 

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Perth teacher gets young minds buzzing with video game Minecraft

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]January 10th, 2018, 03:30PM              NEWS

SEAN Firth never expected to be using a video game to teach skills to kids, but these days he does exactly that.

Mr Firth, a teacher and former principal, was introduced to popular sandbox block-building game Minecraft five years ago and said he could not believe the impact it had on kids.

“The game changed the way they behaved with each other,” he said.

“Instantly, I was like ‘wow’.

“I’d never seen a teaching tool with such power, the power to break down barriers, and I’m not even a gamer.

“I’m a professional educator and I see the impact of the game.”

Mr Firth now runs holiday camps across Perth after founding Mind Buzz, where the game is used as a tool to improve collaboration and communications skills and where there is a strong focus on caring for other players.

The days are structured, starting with a tutorial where everyone is brought up to speed in groups of four before progressing to the proper game.

Here players can interact with people who have previously gone to the camps via a server.

After lunch is all about creativity.

“I notice – and the parents notice – at the start of the day it’s quite frenetic,” Mr Firth said.

“By the end of the day the whole group is in a bit of a flow state.

Read the rest on the Melville Times Community Newspaper site: https://www.communitynews.com.au/melville-times/news/teacher-gets-minds-buzzing-with-video-game-minecraft/

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