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Hands On Technology: 2 Day Holiday Course

  • 18 Jul 2019
  • 9:00 AM
  • 19 Jul 2019
  • 4:00 PM
  • Lucas Heights Community School


  • Our popular course that has you build a false worktop (1500 x 500) using dovetaiing and F27 hardwood. Students can use this jig to maximise time on their senior projects.
  • This course focuses on both coding and electronics and delivers the knowledge required to deliver stage 4 projects with confidence.
  • Epoxy surfacing of timber. Presented by industry professionals.

A TWO DAY Professional Development event HOT will run at Lucas Heights Community School on Thurs 18th & Fri 19th July. (Second Week of school holidays.)

Registrations extended to Fri 5 July  

This course was priority registration for rural teachers, but is now opened to all.

If you are a rural-based teacher and wish to register for any course, please contact Andrew Fairbank (details below) to register.

Hands On Tech (HOT) are two day immersive sessions that allow you to learn new techniques with experts, required materials.

'Hands on Technology' Two day course will contribute 10 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 6.2.2, 6.3.2, 7.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Accreditation in NSW.  

1. Advanced Joinery - $750



This course looks at developing moderate joinery skills through making a jig that can be used to maximise student time in construction of their own projects. The jig made of F27 Hardwood, is effectively a false work top that fits into standard workbenches vices (project size 1500x500). Construction skills involve Dovetailing, Mortising and a variation on Breadboard Ends. Participants will receive KDHW, Tail Vice, Veritas Dogs and a specialist chisel.

2. Arduino for Beginners - $450

Teaching Arduino requires a working knowledge of:

- coding in C++, and;
- basic electronics

This course focuses on both of these and delivers the knowledge required to deliver stage 4 projects with confidence.

 Note: Participants will need to supply
  • a laptop with wireless access and
  • arduino IDE installed.

  • Note that DET laptops must be pre-loaded with this software AND all drivers.
  • An old (eg:2008 DET) laptop is perfectly OK. Linux loaded on this machine will run arduino with all drivers, and revive a machine that is no longer supported by the DET. (This must be done prior to arrival.)

3. River Pours - $550

**No priority registration - first in, best dressed**

Have you always wanted to know the Tips & Tricks of doing River Pours?
How to get rid of those pesky air bubbles in Pour on finishes?
Or how to achieve great finishes using recycled timber?

What products and requirements for internal and external conditions?

This workshop will give you all the Tips & Tricks and correct products to do River Pours and more. By doing your own projects you will be loaded up with heaps of techniques for working with recycled and new timber for making unique woodwork projects. You will gain Tips & Tricks on how to take very ordinary pieces of timber from fence palings to slab timber and turn them into one-off masterpieces.

The plan is for you to bring manageable pieces of 2nd hand timber with you to play with over the two days. We will do the pouring / Epoxy coating on Thursday and finishing on Friday.

We will provide you with a list of goodies (Do not sweat if you do not have timber – we can supply) and tools you will need to bring once advised you have selected our knowledgeable workshop.

Note: please bring your own PPE if you are doing workshop activities, this includes:

  • Safety glasses
  • Ear muffs 
  • Solid shoes
  • Appropriate workshop clothing
  • If you have long hair - it must be tied back

    HOT location & time:

    Lucas Heights Community School
    132 Old Illawarra Road, Barden Ridge, NSW 2234.

    Thursday 18th July 9 - 5
    19th July 9 - 2 (With presenters staying back longer if needed by negotiation.)

    Contact Andrew Fairbank for more details:

    Recommended accommodation close by:

    Air BnB - Woronora, Menai and surrounds

    ANSTO motel (3.5 star)

    Motels in the Kirrawee or Sutherland district.

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    0456 688 878

    Postal address: 
    PO Box 249
    2152 NSW

    ABN: 37 000 548 210
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