Workshops can be a presentation or a demonstration and run for approximately 45 minutes. Plan for 35 – 40 minutes of content to allow time at the end for questions and discussion. When you’re planning an interactive workshop, first identify:
- WHAT do I want to say?
- HOW will I make it interesting?
- WHO is my audience and WHY is it relevant for them?
Next, pick a topic that works for the group setting and make it as fun, unique and interactive as possible. Here are some ideas to get you started:
Explore a hot tech topic such as:
- Hackers – explore the real world of hacking.
- The Internet of Everything - what is it and how is it changing the world we live in?
- The wide world of data – explain and demonstrate how the power of data analytics is changing the world.
- Application domination - show applications that are changing the way we work and live. Discuss how some of the best known apps came to life.
Teach new skills:
- 3D Printing: Let students get up close and personal with the newest and coolest in 3D technology.
- Web Development 101: As a group, brainstorm and build a simple website using basic web design tools.
- Intro to coding: Demonstrate a simple coding exercise.
Show some cool tech:
- Gadgets, gizmos and drones, oh my! Bring along some cool tech to demonstrate during the workshop.
- Ideas into action: Run a mini think tank to help the students understand how some of the biggest tech revolutions started out as a brainstorm.
- IT and multimedia: From music to animation, explore programs and tools used by the creative industry.
Uncover IT in the workplace:
- Connectivity – show how our highly connected world allows us to work faster and smarter than ever before.
- Team building: Think Meccano, Lego, bridges, made of spaghetti – teach the importance of team building and problem solving.
- IT and the rest of the world - how does IT support other sectors like construction, mining, medicine and education?