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?


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