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An excellent way of catering for Technology and Science in the Curriculum

At Craftpower we have over 17 years of experience and have worked with over 800 Primary & Secondary Schools around Melbourne and state Victoria.

 

 

 

What we provide:

- All the necessary woodwork tables, tools, wood and associated materials.

   

- A selection of 10 to 20 different projects to suit all age ranges and levels of experience.

 

- Set up time: 40-50 minutes, so we need to arrive at your school earlier.

Minimum bookings - 2 X 1.5 - 2.5 hour or 3 X 1 hour 15 min.classes per day essential due to transport, set up and pack up

What the school needs to provide:

- An empty room with close access for a van (on the ground floor only). The equipment for a school incursion is very heavy!

 

 

- All furniture needs to be cleared prior the sessions

 

- The sessions will need to be run in a suitable large indoor area, without carpet where possible

 

 

Below you will find answers to our most frequently asked questions:


 

Before booking your incursion, please carefully consider the following components:

(Detailed information about each school workshop is outlined below. Find the cost and length of the sessions in the brochure)

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Integrated Studies Unit Topics:

Craftpower caters for all Key Learning Areas and can be adapted to cover any theme.
         

Aeroplanes
Ancient Heroes
Animals
Birds
Boats / Ships
Bridges / Tunnels
Buildings
Castles
Celebrations
Christmas / Nativity
Clothes
Community Helpers

Dinosaurs
Dragon Boats
Easter
Family / Me
Fantasy
Fairy Tales
Father's Day
Fire Safety
Four Seasons
Funny Monsters
Funny Masks
Furniture

Hanukkah
Health
Holidays
Indonesian Shade Puppets
Insects
Japanese Dolls
Keeping in Touch
Let's go Shopping
Making Mobiles
Making Mascots
Marvelous Melbourne
Mother's Day

My School
Natural Disasters
People at Work
Pirates
Plant life
Puppets
Rainforest
Reduce/Reuse/Recycle
Road Safety
Robots

Building Cranes
Safety with Tools

Sea Life
Simple Machines
Spaceships
Sport Trophies
Toy World
Transport
Weather
We Are Australians
World Culture

Zodiac / Horoscope Monster Trucks

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9 different woodwork & science programs tailored to

meet your curriculum needs

 

Most of the workshops conducted require your chldren to use saws in sawing wood. Please note, this is optional, the wood would be pre-cut, if you do not wish your children to use saws.

 

1. Just Woodwork

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(no electronic kits required)

Children have a selection of 10 to 20 designs.

All projects will develop basic hands on skills through the use of tools such as junior coping saws, hammers, pliers, sandpaper, goggles, etc

Time required Grade Description of each Workshop Cost of each Workshop
1 hour
15 min.
Prep-2 Children select precut templates or using saws, hammers, glue and nails will construct basic 2D take-home models. $180.00
1.5 hours Prep - 6

Introduction to safe use of the equipment.

Will use tools such as saws, hammers, nails and PVA glue for fastening.

Children will trace, cut, sand and take the finished models to art class or classroom for painting.

$200.00
2 hours 1 - 6

As above with the choice of 3-D models.

Model designs are more complicated.

$240.00
2.5 hours 3 - 6

This longer workshop is for those who would like to produce good-looking substantial projects for special events such as Mother’s DayFather’s DayOpen Days, Birthday Presents, etc. .

$280.00

 


 

2. Road Safety

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Road safety learning is most effective when it involves practical activities that take place in on-road situations.

* Learning about road rules and safety can be fun as children build their own signs to create an authentic road system;
* Help your children to develop Road Safety Skills;
* Children will make their own road safety signs and vehicles to practice good skills on the road.

Time required Grade Description of each Workshop Cost of each Workshop Cost of Kit p/child
1.5 hours Prep-6

An introduction to Road Safety signs and demonstration of how to use industrial tools.

Children select a pre-cut template from a variety of 25-30 common road signs and using hammers, pliers, nails and glue, will construct their own traffic sign.

Using pre-cut templates, children select their choice of up to 15 different vehicles which they will construct.

(Wheel, motor or gearbox kits will be used to make moving vehicles)

$200.00

$3.20
(4 wheel kit)

$3.80
(Pull up gearbox kit)

$4.30
(friction gearbox kit)

$4.70
(Tornado Motor Kit)

 


 

3. Classic Toys

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Gr. 3-6 only:
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Prep- Gr.2 (No Sawing):
No sawing for Mini Handymen program

Build popular old fashioned toys

 

Catapults, Billy Carts or Trains are great old fashioned toys for kids and they require only basic construction skills and materials. They are a great way of getting kids interested in engineering without them knowing it.

Options Grade Time required Cost of each Workshop Cost of Kit p/child Components of each Kit
Catapults 3 - 6 1:45 hours $220.00 $3.20

4 wheels, metal axles

Trains 3 - 6 1:45 hours $220.00 $4.80

6 wheels, metal axles

 

Aircrafts

 

 

Design and construct a 4 wheel old Aircraft or a fan propelled Aircraft with a variety of materials including a basic electric circuit and a motor.

Options Grade Time required Cost of each Workshop Cost of Kit p/child Components of each Kit
Aircraft "Avro" 3 - 6 1:45 hours $220.00 $3.20

4 wheels, guide tubes, metal axles

Aircraft "Douglas" 3 - 6 1:45 hours $220.00 $4.70

4 wheels, guide tubes, metal axles, 3 volt motor, battery holder, 2AA batteries, switch, propeller, gears

 

Vintage Monsters

 

 

Fearfulness of monsters and of more realistic threats is an expected response to a world that is too big for children to control. When you help children identify their fears and offer them techniques for taming scary monsters you provide vital tools for helping children regulate their emotional and social selves. This program can give children opportunities to explore their monster fears with curiosity and creativity. Encourage outrageous explorations that can help children master the monsters.

Children can create a monster of their own, not like one in a book or on TV. Set out bits of scrap wood, foil, buttons, pebbles, and other craft items that children might use for monster eyes, hair and claws.

Integrates: Electricity & Circuits, Simple Machines, Transport, Push & Pull, Moving Toys.

Options Grade Time required Cost of each Workshop Cost of Kit p/child Components of each Kit
Super Friends
(Super Monsters on 4 wheels)
Prep - 6 1.5 hours $200.00 $3.00

4 wheels, guide tubes, metal axles

Light Masters
(Build Funny Monsters with 2 LEDs or a globe)
3 - 6 1.5 hours $200.00 $4.00

2.5 volt globe or 2 Flashing LEDs, globe holder, switch, battery holder, 2AA batteries, wire

Monster Kings
(Build Monsters on 4 wheels with 2 LEDs or a globe)
3 - 6 1.5 hours $200.00 $5.50

4 wheels, guide tubes, metal axles 2.5 volt globe or 2 Flashing LEDs, globe holder, switch, battery holder, 2AA batteries, wire

 

Build a Mini Billy Cart

 

Billy Carts are a great project for kids as they require only basic construction skills and materials.

They are a great way of getting kids interested in engineering without them knowing it.

Mini Billy Carts
- Size: 40cm long X 22cm wide X 16cm high

Children can start from scratch to plan and make their own miniature Billy Cart to carry their favorite toys.

Options Grade Time required Cost of each Workshop Cost of Kit p/child Components of each Kit
Push-Cart
(push & pull 4-wheel cart)
1 - 6 1.5 hours $200.00 $4.00

4 wheels, guide tubes, metal axles

Go-Cart
(powered by friction gearbox)
1 - 6 1.5 hours $200.00 $4.90

Friction gearbox, 4 wheels, guide tubes, metal axles

 

Ride on Billy Carts

 

When Just Building A Mini Billy Cart Isn’t Enough…

Much of the fun with Billy Carts is had when they are being designed and built for a real purpose.

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Creating something from scratch, learning and working together can be a great experience and introduction into automotive construction.

But sometimes it isn’t just about the building, and you want a fast Ride-on Billy Cart !

In this workshop students will create full-sized Ride-on Carts. ( Suitable for Gr. 3-6 )

(Please note - school will not keep The Ride-on Carts)

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Children are divided in 4 teams. They receive step-by-step instructions to building 4 full size Billy Carts.

Before booking this program please note - to race against each other you must have adequate space, i.e. hall, gym, multipurpose room, backyard or a basketball court (weather dependant).

Options Grade Time required Cost of each Workshop Components of each Kit
Ride-on Cart  3 - 6 1 hour 45 min. -  2 hours  $240.00

Wood, 4 wheels, metal axles, brackets, pins, bolts, nuts, washers,

nylon rope

 


 

4. Create- a- Clock

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Children design a clock using wood with fitted hands and clock movement.
Children have a selection of 10 to 20 designs.

Options Grade Time required Cost of each Workshop Cost of Kit p/child Components of each Kit

Simple Clock

3 - 6 1 hour
30 mins.
$200.00 $4.70

Clock movement, mounting nut, rubber gasket, brass washer, hour, minute, second hands, numerals, 1AA battery

Clock Movement

3 - 6 1 hour
45 mins.
$220.00 $4.70

Clock movement, mounting nut, rubber gasket, brass washer, hour, minute, second hands, numerals, 1AA battery

Clock Tower

3 - 6 2 hours $240.00 $4.70

Clock movement, mounting nut, rubber gasket, brass washer, hour, minute, second hands, numerals, 1AA battery

 


 

5. Get Going With Gears

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We try to provide children with a firm knowledge of different types of mechanisms and understanding of how they can be used.

Construct working models that can move or be raced against each other. Build moving models, using a simple circuit, powered by 3 volt motor, friction gearbox or wind-up motor, a remote control and gears.

racing car and driver

Options Grade Time required Cost of each Workshop Cost of Kit p/child Components of each Kit

Dragster
(basic push-pull car)

Prep -2 1.5 hours $200.00 $3.20

4 wheels, guide tubes, metal axles

Wonderjet
(powered by wind-up gearbox)

1 - 2 1.5 hours $200.00 $3.80

Wind-up gearbox, 4 plastic wheels, metal axles, guide tubes

Helicar
(powered by friction gearbox)

1 - 6 1.5 hours $200.00 $4.30

Friction gearbox, 4 wheels, guide tubes, metal axles

Jaguar
(remote control car)

3 - 6 1.5 hours $200.00 $4.70

3 volt gearbox, remote control, 2AA batteries, 4 wheels, guide tubes, metal axles

Tornado
(very popular)

3 - 6 1.5 hours $200.00 $4.70

3 volt motor, battery holder, 2AA batteries, switch, resistor, 4 wheels, guide tubes, metal axles, gears

Ferrari
(add spoiler, bulbar)

3 - 6 2 hours $240.00 $4.70

3 volt motor, battery holder, 2AA batteries, switch, resistor, 4 wheels, guide tubes, metal axles, gears.

 


 

6. A Bright Idea

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Introduction to basic electronic circuits.
Children can build wooden models with flashing LEDs or a globe

Options Grade Time required Cost of each Workshop Cost of Kit p/child Components of each Kit
Flashing LEDs kit Prep - 6 1.5 hours $200.00 $4.20

2 flashing LEDs, switch, battery holder, resistor, 2AA batteries, wire

Lamp kit 3 - 6 1.5 hours $200.00 $4.20

2.5 volt globe, globe holder, switch, battery holder, AA batteries, wire

 


 

7. Marvelous Magnets

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• Make wooden fridge magnets related to a particular theme.
• Create colorful moving characters for your very own stage production.
• Design and make a wheeled toy which moves using 2 extra powerful magnets.

Options Grade Time required Cost of each Workshop Cost of Kit p/child Components of each Kit
Fridge Magnets 1 - 6 1 hour
15 min.
$180.00 $2.50

Extra powerful Earth magnets

Magnetic Theatre 1 - 6 1.5 hours $200.00 $3.00

Extra powerful Earth magnets

Let The Wheels Turn 3 - 6 1.5 hours $200.00 $4.50

Powerful Earth magnets, 4 plastic wheels, metal axles, guide tubes.

 


 

8. Time To Make a Solar

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Aeroplanes
Build a beautiful aeroplane, a helicopter or a hot air balloon with a solar cell and a motor (no batteries required!)

Spaceships

Build a spaceship with a solar cell and a motor (no batteries required )

Solar Drive Cars.
Convert the Sun's energy to electricity, using photovoltaic cells (photo = light, voltaic = electric).
Solar cells allow light energy to directly become electricity, hey can't store it.
The electric motor converts electrical energy to mechanical motion.

Ships
Design and construct a fan propelled boat with a variety of materials including a basic electric circuit with a solar cell , a motor and a propeller. 

 

Aeroplanes

Options Grade Time required Cost of each Workshop Cost of Kit p/child Components of each Kit
Eagle Prep - 2 1.5 hours $200.00 $4.80

Solar cell, 4.5 volt solar motor, propeller, wire

Boeing 3 - 4 1.5 hours $200.00 $4.80

Solar cell, 4.5 volt solar motor, propeller, wire

Concorde 5 - 6 2 hours $240.00 $4.80

Solar cell, 4.5 volt solar motor, propeller, wire

 

Spaceships

Options Grade Time required Cost of each Workshop Cost of Kit p/child Components of each Kit
Falcon 1 - 2 1.5 hours $200.00 $4.80

Solar cell, 4.5 volt solar motor, propeller, wire

Icarus 3 - 4 1.5 hours $200.00 $4.80

Solar cell, 4.5 volt solar motor, propeller, wire

Apollo 5 - 6 1.5 hours $200.00 $4.80

Solar cell, 4.5 volt solar motor, propeller, wire

 

 

Solar Drive Cars

Options Grade Time required Cost of each Workshop Cost of Kit p/child Components of each Kit
Sun-Jet 3 - 4 1.5 hours $200.00 $4.80

Solar cell, 4.5 volt motor, 4 plastic wheels, metal axles, guide tubes

Solar-Buggy 5 - 6 1.5 hours $200.00 $4.80

Solar cell, 4.5 volt motor, 4 plastic wheels, metal axles, guide tubes

 

Ships

Options Grade Time required Cost of each Workshop Cost of Kit p/child Components of each Kit
Victoria 1 - 2 1.5 hours $200.00 $4.80

Solar cell, 4.5 volt solar motor, propeller, wire

Discovery 3 - 4 1.5 hours $200.00 $4.80

Solar cell, 4.5 volt solar motor, propeller, wire

Challenger 5 - 6 1.5 hours $200.00 $4.80

Solar cell, 4.5 volt solar motor, propeller, wire

 


 

9. Discover Pyrography

(Burning designs on wood)
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A popular program from the school curriculum in many European schools.

If a student is able to sit at a table and co-ordinate one good eye with one good arm, the craft of burning designs on wood is an art he/she can master.

Pyrography or Poker Work is an ancient craft dating back several centuries.

Children will learn the special tricks and effects used to obtain natural textures and tone and they produce works of stunning realism and beauty.

Time required Grade Description of each Workshop Cost of each Workshop

1 hour 45 min. –
2 hours

- minimum 2 classes per day essential.

- minimum of 20 children per class

4 - 6

Introduction to safe use of the equipment.

Trace, draw, burn, nail in, sand and color models.

Tools and equipment used:
Ironcore units, junior coping saws, hammers & nails, goggles, stencils, color pencils, glue and sandpaper.

$14.00
per student

 


If you are ready to make a booking for your school in Melbourne and Victoria, choose the most suitable day(s) for your incursion and contact us by phone ( 040 3355 754 or 9807 7239 ) or e-mail ( craftpower.as@gmail.com ).

If that day(s) is available, you will need to fill out the following Online Booking Form with all relevant information and Submit it.

If you have any problem with our Online Booking Form, please download and fax your booking form to Fax: 9807 7475 

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If you have any questions about your costs in the booking form please use our Cost Calculator where you will be able to quickly find the budget for your case.

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