Saturday Club Term 3 2020 – COVID 19 Aware

ART meets MATHAMATICS (Junior) and VEX ROBOTS DESIGN and STRATEGY (Intermediate)

(Note GTCASA members to get your member discount please check email or contact for the promotional code before purchasing tickets)

TERM 1 2020

Session 1 – 1 August 2020

Session 2 – 15 August 2020

Session 3 – 29 August 2020

Session 4 – 12 September2020

Saturday Club for Term 3 will focus on the themes of Modern Art meets Maths and Design. Term 3 aims to empower the children with skills of the design process through practical application and appreciating that often disciplines interact or overlap.

Junior (5-8 years)

The junior program looks at a new modern artist each session with a focus on the mathematical linkage that underlines the works. Students will attempt to replicate the style or linkage during the session.


Design and create beautiful hanging sculptures with perfect balance. Learn about levers through experimentation and create a fantastic sculpture at the same time. Find the centre of balance!

Source: “White Versus Yellow”, Alexander Calder, 1973, sheet metal, wire and paint


Use markers and pencils to create your own original circle artwork, with cuts and folds. Learn about symmetry and the use of planes in art.

Source: “Rythme”, Sonia Delaunay , 1938, Oil on Canvas


Create your own original collage from polygons. Using craft paper, plan and cut out interesting polygons to arrange into a fantastical landscape.

Source: ”Castle and Sun”, Paul Klee, 1928, Oil on Canvas


Using layers of colours, create a brilliant sun-catcher for your window. Explore laying out colours using cellophane with woollen lines using the principle of asymmetry

Intermediate (8-12 yrs)

VEX ROBOT Design and Strategy

This program will be delivered by Debbie Kayser MPM, PMP, B.Eng, B.Com

Debbie Kayser is a tertiary qualified electrical and electronic engineering. Her career diverted to project management and business analysis, where she has practiced in a diverse range of fields including manufacturing, Information Technology, Construction, oil and gas, defence and government.

Debbie is a mother of two girls and the founder of Building Bots.

Building Bots is embracing the STEM education revolution by providing students and teachers with VEX STEM LAB sessions and mentoring from a qualified Engineer. Debbie attends schools with the class plan and components for the students to building their own robot and take on different challenges.

This program is intended to be delivered as a 4 session package. Single sessions may be available but participants will have to expect that they will have to join an existing team and have limited influence over the predetermined design.

Workshop 1 – Introduction and Think Phase

In this workshop we will introduce the students to this years competition and analyze the rules to identify constraints and functional requirements for the solution robot.

Students will undertake some brain storming into possible solutions and come up with a preferred design that they would like to build. At the end of the workshop, student teams will provide a list of components that they would like to be available for the next meeting to create a prototype

This form the first iteration of the think phase of the design cycle.

Workshop 2 – Do Phase

In this workshop students will build a prototype based on the design work completed last workshop.

It is recommended that the teams breakup the build and programming into three components and work on them simultaneously.

  • Build the drive train
  • Build the lifting mechanism
  • Develop the program so that the robot can be tested next workshop.

(Note we will need some students to bring a laptop with the software installed. VEXcode IQ Blocks ).

Workshop 3 – Testing Phase.

In this workshop students will test their robots to ensure that they comply with the competition constraints as well as how well the prototype performs the functional requirements.

Students will reflect on their testing and identify areas in which they would like to improve their robots and software. They will prioritise the work they wish to complete and where possible make the changes.

Workshop 4 – Game and alliance strategy in a practice competition

In this workshop students will undertake a practice competition or scrimmage. On a competition day teams are partnered in a different alliance for each game. The partnership with other teams is a random process and robots will differ in capability. It is important that teams develop a game strategy with each alliance before the game. Communication is essential to get the best result. In these scrimmage games the teams will practice communicating strengths of the robot and discuss a strategy for the game.

Additionally teams will go through a practice robot inspection and judges interview to become familiar with a competition day expectations.


What can I bring into the event?

Please bring water and a snack for the mid session break. Adults are catered for with tea, coffee and biscuits.

Do I need to remain with my child?

We ask that you stay on site while the children are in session to assist us in the even that they become upset or need support.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email GTCASA via our website.