What's on at the Powerhouse Museum
Events and activities

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Sydney Design 2014
16-24 August
Design Futures - this year's festival theme explores the changes in the way we design, produce and consume, with an exciting Sydney-wide program of talks, exhibitions and workshops.
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FabLab 
16-24 August 

Bringing together an array of exciting Museum programs throughout the festival, the 3D Fabrication Lab showcases the exciting opportunities of digital fabrication. 
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FabLab Laser Cutting Demonstrations 
20-24 August 

Drop in for free demonstrations of laser cutting. See samples being designed and cut, plus take home small custom-made pieces. 
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Sydney Mini Maker Faire 
16-17 August 

The Sydney mini Maker Faire returns to the Powerhouse Museum for the opening weekend of Sydney Design 2014. It's an inspiring, family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness. 
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Hack the Collection 
16-17 August 

This exciting program matches 10 Sydney designers with 10 objects from the Museum's collection which have been 3D scanned and given to designers to be 'hacked'. 
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Hack the Collection Display 
16-24 Augus

10 unique museum objects sit alongside their creative 3D reinterpretations printed in the FabLab, the final result of 10 designers remixing the collection for the Hack the Collection event. 
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MAAS Lates: Design Futures 
6pm-9pm, 21st August
 
The Museum is opening up its door after hours to explore the Festival's theme of Design Futures, with an exciting array of hands-on things to do and see. 
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Curator Tours: Interface Exhibition 
20-22 August 

On this 30-minute intensive tour, the curator of Interface teases out some of the main themes behind the exhibition, giving a great background to developments in modern technology product design. 
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Using 3D Printing in the Classroom 
19 August 

Explore this evolving technology from the perspective of real industry and educational applications. Created for secondary students, teachers and design novices. 
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3D Printing Workshops with Rebekah Araullo 
22-23 August 

Get insights and experience in designing for 3D printers. Manipulate basic shapes on a 3D program and print to MakerBot 3D printers, and get tips on how to get started at home. 
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Orkhēstra: Interactive Light Installation 
16-24 August 

Inspired by underwater coral, Orkhēstra uses cutting-edge computational design, light technology and interaction design, allowing you to alter the colour sequences with your own camera flash. 
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Oscar: the Drawing Machine 
16-24 August 

Created by University of Sydney students, Oscar takes a digital photo of your face and converts it into an analogue portrait using a mechanical pen plotter. 
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Cars for Kids 
16-24 August 

In this drop-in free activity for children, you can create, colour and customise your very own replica car, inspired by the Museum's open collection display Auto Obsession. 
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What's that Zoe? 
16-17, 23-24 August 

Watch with amusement as Museum mascot Zoe and your children explore some weird 'ancient' technology like the rotary telephone. Feeling old yet? 
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National Science Week
Saturday 16 – Sunday 24 August
Discover what the Museum has on offer during National Science Week, a celebration of science and technology.
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Space Oddity
23 August, 5.30pm or 8pm

Join astronaut Chris Hadfield at his only Sydney appearance for National Science Week. Space Oddity is a blend of science talk, inspiring stories and performances and meet interesting scientists with tales to tell.
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fastBREAK
29 August

Join us for a power breakfast of insights, innovation and inspiration
- it's food for thought. fastBREAK is a monthly series of rapid-fire interactive talks.
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Cogs’ Playground

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Cogs’ playground

The Museum's Grace Bros courtyard has been transformed into a new outdoor playground. Children can enjoy hours of fun playing on the state-of-the art equipment.
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Thinkspace - creative digital media workshops
Thinkspace
Workshops and short courses designed to develop your creative and media production skills.
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