The Government of Canada announced a grant for Actua to support a nation-wide Innovation150 tour in 2016-2017. The tour featured traveling science and technology exhibitions and workshops, city-wide festivals, and dynamic online opportunities.

Workshop Offerings

Actua’s Maker Mobile workshops are designed to engage grade six to twelve* youth in meaningful and enriching experiences that fostered a nationwide culture of innovation and built their capacity and confidence to create a better future for Canada. The 1.5 - 2 hour-long Maker Mobile workshops are designed to be locally relevant by providing youth with exposure to local innovators and innovations. Youth will design and build using sophisticated maker tools including 3D printers, micro-controllers, and block programming while they solve real-world challenges.

*unless otherwise stated.

What’s the difference between a good idea and an innovation? How do you become a maker, an innovator? In this hands-on workshop participants will work in groups to design, iterate and prototype a product that can make the automotive industry safer in Canada, or improve their school experience. On the way they learnt the skills and attitudes of Canadian problem solvers and entrepreneurs before them. This 60 minute workshop is perfect for youth grade 3 and up and can be completed using recycled materials, craft supplies, and basic (or sophisticated) maker tools!

How do you move from being a consumer of technology to a producer of technology? You gamify learning and design the front-end and back-end of an app! Using Swift, the programming language of all Apple products, this workshop gave participants first-hand experience coding on iPads and designing the user interface for their own app idea. Everyone can code with the help of Actua’s Maker Mobile team and Apple Swift. The Everyone Can Code workshop requires a minimum of 1 hour to complete.

Hardware and software came together in this offline programming and design challenge. Using visual “block” programming participants wrote simple programs and then built physical interfaces to interact with them using little bits, makey makey and Arduino microcontrollers, all customized to the age of the participants. Youth interfaced with weather stations to create programs that alert communities to potential weather hazards. The Internet Everywhere workshop requires a minimum of 1 hour to complete. No internet connection is required for this workshop.

Designed to introduce concepts of the engineering design process, youth learnt to plan, prototype, experiment, and refine ideas to solve challenges faced by their local communities. The workshop culminated in a design and building challenge where youth brought their ideas to life with the help of 3D printers.  In this workshop participants explored food security and see how 3D printers can ensure all Canadians have sustainable access to healthy food and clean water. The Innovation Generation workshop requires a minimum of 1.5 hours to complete.

The Maker Mobile

Are you interested in having the Maker Mobile visit your community? Please express interest in hosting here | For more general information about the Maker Mobile, please contact makermobile@actua.ca.

Actua is Canada’s leading STEM outreach organization representing a network of 35 university and college based members who annually inspires over 250,000 youth in 500 communities in hands-on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) experiences. Actua focuses on engaging underserved and underrepresented youth through customized national programs for girls, youth in remote and Northern communities, Indigenous youth, and youth facing socioeconomic challenges.



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