Imagine and design solutions to challenging questions posed at the Maker Space. Make your creation from a range of materials provided and test out your design. Share your thinking with others and build on each other’s ideas.

9:40am – 5pm

Land sailing rovers

24 June 2019 - 11 September 2019

How far will your wind-powered vehicle travel down our test track?
Create your own customised mast and sail to propel your rover through our all-terrain challenges!

This activity invites visitors to follow a design process. Below are some of the questions that will help our visitors at each stage of the process.

Think of some solutions

  • What direction does the wind blow? How might this move my rover?
  • How might the size, shape and angle of my sail affect the way my rover moves?
  • Is it better for my mast and sail to be light or heavy, strong, rigid or flexible?
  • What are some real world examples that you have seen before?
  • What ideas do you have for a design?

Make a prototype

  • What materials will you use to build your rover?
  • How can you use the different properties of the materials in your own design?
  • How will you attach your sail to the vehicle?
  • What part of your design are you finding tricky to build?

Test it out

  • Choose one of the two test tracks and test out your design.
  • How far did your land sailing rover travel? How long did it take to get there?
  • What did you observe during testing? Did it move in the way you predicted? Did it travel in a straight line?
  • What part of your design worked really well?

Improve your design

  • How could you improve on your design? Are there any areas showing signs of weakness or breaking?
  • What changes can you make so your rover can travel on a different track surface, up a slope or under a bridge?
  • What makes your land sailing rover go fast? How can you make it go slower?
  • What ideas could you incorporate from someone else's design?
  • If you started again, what would you do differently? What would you do the same?

 Set up a Land sailing rovers Maker Space activity at your space.

Previous programs

Maker Space Shake it UpShake it up

4 April 2019 - 23 June 2019

Can your structure survive the power of an earthquake? Make and test your custom-built design to see if they survive the destructive force of the quake. Consider the different properties of the materials you are using and whether it is better for your structure to be light or heavy, strong, rigid or flexible? What happens if the quake is quite strong or you add multi-levels or weights to your design?

Can you cross it?

17 December 2018 – 3 April 2019

Moving something across town, over the river, up the mountain or across the valley takes some thought. Build a structure to help move something light or heavy between two parts of the landscape. Consider materials, strong shapes and the size and weight of your object. Your landscape can be made using boxes or furniture and have parts that are of different heights and different width spans.

Zip to it

17 September 2018 – 16 December 2018

This tricky terrain is a breeze if you slide or roll down a zip line. Make a device that transports a person or object safely along a zip line. Zip lines can be made from different types of thread, cord or line, set up at different angles and have different lengths.