Adventures in DIY science equipment

What can students learn from making their own tools?  In this workshop we'll explore what happens when a "tinkering" mindset gets together with a need for equipment to explore grade 7+ science. Sometimes the motivation is to make activities more affordable, and sometimes it's about deepening understanding of how science, math and technology are linked. We spent the summer experimenting with micro:bits !  Join us to explore coding, design thinking and science, and to try out homemade tools for studying force and motion, solution chemistry, and heat.

Target Audience

Grades 7+  Please bring a computer (best) or tablet.

Target Audience

Teachers of grades 7+ , but all welcome. If we can get our microbit pendulum working, we can extend upwards!


10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Room 708

No prior registration required.


  • Science World
    Sandy Eix

    Sandy Eix has a BSc in Physics from Waterloo, a BEd from Queen’s, and an MSc and PhD in Physics from SFU. She has been inventing exhibits, programs, and shows at Science World for over 20 years.  Her job lets her play with all sorts of science and share her discoveries with kids of all ages. Some highlights so far have included developing exhibitions about fuel cells, pop music, and the art and science of light; running a summer camp for teachers; creating science resources for preschoolers; training science centre professionals in Turkey; and opening Science World’s brand-new Tinkering Space. When she’s not thinking about science education, she applies her curious mind to snowboarding, Cape Breton fiddle music, navigating East Vancouver by bicycle, and learning to speak French. She explores the world with her husband and daughter, and has recently learned to call herself a “maker”.


  • John Eix

    see Sandy Eix above