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Onsite Programs

Brick by Brick: Build Your Own Capital

Max of 60 students per hour. Fully facilitated by staff and volunteer guides, supervising adults must remain with students at all times.

This is an interactive activity where students are encouraged to think creatively about the future. In this program, students are asked to design and build something that is important to them and to the whole of Australia. With approximately 30,000 LEGO™ bricks onsite, there is great scope for creativity.

Program emphasis is on the design of the National Capital and includes:

  • The Story of Canberra – a short film
  • Canberra Sound and Light Show – a scale model of the National Triangle with an audio visual presentation
  • Brick by Brick - a self-contained education space with the stimulus questions and examples of the categories of constructions in the National Capital printed on the wall, to assist students and teachers using the space. Each work table has two workspaces with bins of LEGO™ and a base plate.

There are two tables which can accommodate wheelchairs.

Download instructions to build iconic Canberra landmarks here.

Imagining the Capital

Max of 90 students per hour. Fully facilitated by staff and volunteer guides, supervising adults must remain with students at all times.

Program emphasis is on the history of the National Capital and includes:

  • The Story of Canberra – a short film
  • Canberra Sound and Light Show – a scale model of the National Triangle with an audio visual presentation
  • Search for a Site – an interactive floor puzzle illustrating the process of finding a perfect site for the National Capital
  • Imagining – a rapid drawing group exercise. Students are asked to develop an idea of what they would like to see in Canberra in the future – a monument, a cultural institution, museum, a public space … or whatever they can imagine.

Blundells Cottage: A Home for the Workers

Details

  • Max 30 students plus 3 adult supervisors per booking, 2 bookings per day
  • Available Thursdays only
  • One hour program suitable for Foundation to Year Two students
  • Three hours if combined with ‘Brick by Brick’ at the National Capital Exhibition

Bookings at Blundells and the National Capital Exhibition can be made for the same day. Generally bookings are made with 1 hour between, to enable groups to stop for a snack/lunch, and also to allow walking time between the two sites (approximately 20 minutes for small children).

Content

At Blundells Cottage students will explore the building and its surrounds, comparing the landscape today and in the past to see how Canberra has changed over time. By actively engaging with hands-on objects, students will gain an insight into how families have lived in the Cottage over time, and how this is similar to, or different from their own lives today. Through the program, they will begin to develop an awareness of the historic significance of the Cottage as a reminder of the past before Canberra existed as a city, and throughout its development as our Capital.

Curriculum

Students will:

  • Develop an understanding of the importance of Blundells Cottage as a historic landmark to the Canberra community.
  • Compare today's standards of living to those of our past by exploring the impact of changing technology on peoples lives.
  • Interact with objects to gain a deeper understanding of how family life has changed over time.
  • Explore a range of sources from the past, identifying features and predicting their use.
  • Gain an appreciation of what the Cottage and the surrounding area reveals about the past.
  • Learn through stories of real families who have lived in the Cottage since it was first built in 1859.
  • Discover what life was like in the local area before the turn of the century, and the period since Canberra became the Capital.
  • Explore some of the reasons why people have moved to the Canberra area over the last 150 years.

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