Most school holidays we invite 7+ year olds to create, construct, test and prototype. Our STEMM workshops encourage children to get excited by technology - we introduce children to animation, engineering, game development, robotics, coding, augmented reality and more!


Our mission is to support rangatahi to build confidence through inquiry, investigation and experimentation. We help young people to learn how to take advantage of the capabilities of technology, becoming creators – not just consumers.  

We have moved out of our lab down at the Esplanade and we are partnering with local communities, groups and community spaces to bring new and improved holiday STEMM workshops to Te Tairāwhiti.

Virtual Reality 3-day Wānanga at Whangara Marae 

Tuesday 4 October - Thursday 6 October9am-3pm daily    

7-13 years   

FREE thanks to the support of JR McKenzie Trust

Over three days tamariki will explore a range of different VR experiences and then work collaboratively to build their own immersive VR environments. Tamariki will learn pūrākau significant to Whangara Marae and they will develop VR creations that celebrate their new or strengthened knowledge. The wānanga will cover concepts of Virtual Reality, UX design, rapid prototyping, storytelling and narrative, and 3D content creation. This wānanga has been developed in partnership with Whangara Marae and is supported by J R McKenzie Trust, committed to creating a socially just and inclusive Aotearoa New Zealand.

ontact Moana on to book your tamariki into this unique programme, priority given to ngā uri o Whangara. 

Tuesday 11 Oct - Thursday 13 Oct, 9am-3pm

ATAWHAI Youth Hub - 197 Bright St
7-13 years

$50 per day


Tuesday 11 October - Game Development 

Tamariki are invited to come and play some retro arcade style games with us and then start designing and building their own retro arcade-style game. The workshop will cover game narrative, block-based coding, character creation, and iterative design methodologies. Tamariki will be able to share their games with friends and whānau after the workshop.

Wednesday 12 October - Robotics 
Tamariki will work collaboratively to program robotic cars and take on a number of challenges to test their ability to program their robot to respond to remote controls, or use infrared sensors to move around obstacles, display lights, and play sounds. The workshop will cover basic robotic programming and iterative design methodologies.

Thursday 13 October - Virtual Reality 

Tamariki will explore a range of different Virtual Reality experiences and experiment with creating an experience of their own. The workshop will cover concepts of UX design, storytelling and 3D content creation.