Finding educational activities for the kids that are fun and engaging is often a challenge. But the Cube, at QUT’s Science and Engineering Centre has the perfect solution.
Just 10 minutes from Brisbane CBD, The Cube is one of the world’s largest digital interactive and display spaces. A place filled with inspiring learning experiences and digital exploration… and it’s seriously fun!
The Cube consists of 48 multi-touch screens that soar across two storeys. Via these screens, kids explore scenarios and scientific concepts in an easy-to-understand, hands-on format.
How it works
The Cube is split into six huge screens, each with a different show that lasts 15 minutes. There is a fabulous range of shows, each covering a different scientific area.
- Chem World provides an exciting, hands-on experience of chemistry and its fundamentals. Kids can conduct scientific experiments that are too dangerous or difficult to conduct in a classroom. In the firework experiment, kids produce their own virtual firework display, learning why certain chemical elements produce colour. Whilst the Rocket launch allows kids to compete and launch a rocket into space, learning how fuels produce energy and exploring different fuel types.
- Dino Zoo is the closest chance you can get to crossing paths with a real dinosaur, without the risk of being eaten! Created in partnership with Queensland Museum paleontologists, the hyper-realistic dinosaurs interact and exist with the users. This might be overwhelming for younger kids, so adult supervision is required for kids under 12.
- Physics Observatory encourages kids to explore the many laws of physics in a game-like environment, as they learn about key historical figures and their experiments. Throw a wooden block while on the Moon and observe its gravity, drop weights from a great height, discover how long light takes to travel across the Solar System. This show has a strong alignment to the STEM national curriculum.
- Plasma Wall is a fun, colourful collection of light and movement games, controlled by you – using motion capture technology. The wall tracks and mimics your movement into four mini-games. From the rainbow of colours in the ‘Lava Lamp’ to the startling cartoon flames around your silhouette in ‘You’re On Fire’, there is plenty to encourage free play and interaction.
But wait… there’s workshops too!
If you are stuck for school holiday activities, the Cube also offers a range of workshops for Kids Year 5 and upwards to experience science, coding and more. Workshops include topics such as Creative Coding – where students learn about creative coding and develop an interactive artwork, and Tinkering with Technology – using technologies such as Sphero, MaKey Makey, and littleBits to engage in collaborative activities. These workshops connect with the Technologies, Arts, and Science areas of the Australian Curriculum.
FIRST® LEGO® LEAGUE 2017
Also available at the Cube is the FIRST® LEGO® League, an international robotics programs for kids aged 9–16. Encouraging students to think like scientists and engineers, groups participate in an exciting annual tournament to present their solutions to annual theme and compete against other teams. You can find out more at the FIRST Australia website.
The Cube is open daily 10am–4pm, and admission is free!
You can find out more about the Cube and all of its exciting activities at their website, where they also have an up-to-date list of everything that is screening daily.