May Update - Challenge Dates and Workshops

Things have been a little quiet on the MadMaker communication-front so far this year.

I can promise this is more due to overwork rather than lack-thereof, as we've developing a whole bunch of new features to roll out for MadMaker 2017 (I imagine you might want the students Arduino code auto-marked… more news on that when it actually works).

But I can announce the date for MadMaker 2017 is from:

9th October - 17th November

SA and Tas start on the 16th of October - so unfortunately they'll have one less week, but we are providing additional weeks of support. These are the official weeks of support.

Teacher Workshops

MadMaker is running a number of Teacher Professional Development in NSW this June with the Australian Computing Academy. Basically over two days the sessions will cover:

  • Integrating the Digital Technologies National Curriculum in your school
  • Free resources available for you to use
  •  Deep dive into digital technologies implementation

The workshops are free and are available for both primary and secondary teachers:

We have applied for 10 hours of PD accreditation through NESA for these sessions, hopefully it gets approved before they happen. I'll keep attendees updated on that as the workshops draw closer.

MadMaker Workshops

Regular MadMaker workshops will be running throughout August and September, with funding coming from Google CS4HS supporting these. If you would like for us to come to your area please get in contact. Specifically looking at regional centres we haven't visited yet. If you want to volunteer to host then please get in contact, ideally we would like 10-15 teachers to attend each session.

That's it for now - there are a large number of things in the pipeline and I'll be going back to giving monthly newsletters from now on.

MadMaker 2016 has Launched!

The MadMaker Challenge 2016 is live!! 


Please register yourself as a teacher and create a class code before your lessons this week. Generally speaking it should add you as a teacher automatically. But for some of you it hasn't done so, unfortunately. Once you enrol yourself in to the MadMaker Challenge course, if it doesn't let you in message us in the chat and we'll activate it for you.

See the video below for a walk-through!

Challenge Period

The dates of the Challenge - the 10th October to 18th of November is 6 weeks, but there's 5 weeks of content. An extra week for everyone to catch up, and work on your projects if you manage to keep up with the material each week.


When you login you should see 4 weeks of content. Students will only see Challenge 1 for the first week. You can look ahead and see what's coming up if you would like to prepare. A couple of activities will be added, and it needs an edit and I'll be adding videos as I finish editing them.

We really hope you enjoy it!


MadMaker 2016 - Win a 3D Printer!


The MadMaker Challenge starts in 11 days on October 10th! But what kind of competition has no prizes at the end? This year we are incredibly lucky to bring you some fantastic prizes for the classes that show us the best projects.

First Prize

We're really excited about this, first prize in an Ultimaker 2+ 3D printer valued at $3,899!!

The award winning Ultimaker 2+ is one of the best desktop 3D printers going around. Learn how to 3D model and make whatever you can imagine using this fantastic prize.

Provided by Imaginables! Please check them out for all your 3D printer needs.

Second Prize

A class set of Arduino Starter Kits, valued at over $1500. Keep your class moving on their Arduino adventure by using the starter kit to wire up a and program a whole range of projects!

Third Prize

A 1-year All-Access subscription to Grok Learning for your whole class!


Learn to program python in the browser using Grok's fantastic auto-marking system. Kindly provided by our friends at Grok Learning! I highly recommend checking them out, it's free for teachers to have a look at their content and give it a go!

How do I win?

Winners will be judged on a video they produce of their final projects in the final week. One video per class, so pick a project and produce a video demonstrating what it does. That's it! Details of how to submit the video will be posted during the Challenge.

2016 Grants and Workshops

Grant Applications are now open to schools for the 2016 MadMaker Challenge, starting on October 10th 2016. 

Grants are much more limited this year, and applications will be based on a combination of the proposal and the socio-economic status of applicant schools.

You can apply at the grant application form page.

2016 Workshops are kicking off around the country in the coming Term. You can see currently scheduled workshops over at the workshops page. If your city is not listed, the please get in contact and I will try and make every effort to come to you.

MadMaker 2016 Challenge Date Announced!


We are pleased to announce that the MadMaker Challenge will again run in 2016, starting on the 10th October 2016. 

Some differences from last year are:

  • The challenge will be written for 5 weeks of classroom delivery
  • The start date implies this date will be placed in either weeks (0*-3) of school term 4, depending on the state and sector. (*week before term starts)
  • To adjust for these differences, the official weeks of the challenge will operate (with live tutor support) for 6 weeks. So the official period of the challenge will be from: Monday 10th October until Friday 18th November 2016.

For teachers wishing to re-run 2015's course in terms 1-3, please contact us for info on how to get yourselves setup. 

Teacher training workshops for the MadMaker Challenge will run in Term 3.

Join our mailing list to keep posted for when our registrations will open and for official workshop dates.

Fantastic Teacher Uptake! On to the next step. The challenge.

We just finished the first stage of our project and the results have been spectacular, much more that what we had anticipated. A total of 212 schools and nearly 320 teachers participated in the training workshops. Here is the breakout:

But the most important part: the feedback we collected. The sessions were very interactive and teachers provided very detailed comments about how to better deploy the challenge, work with the boards, engage the students, and most importantly, make sure the deployment is easy.

We are very encouraged by the response and thrilled to have such a great collaboration with teachers.

If you submitted a grant request, we are about to announce the results, and there will be some good news heading your way, so get ready.

And then, on to The Challenge. We will be publishing the details to register shortly.

Stay tuned!