Past events

2020 events

QUT Virtual Holiday Program

Past event

30 June 2020 - 2 July 2020

Family Fun Day

Past event

11 - 11 January 2020

QUT Summer Holiday Program

Past event

11 - 18 January 2020

QUT Research Zone

Past event

11 - 18 January 2020

Ocean creations

Past event

11 - 18 January 2020

Sphero sea rescue

Past event

11 - 18 January 2020

Water works workshop

Past event

11 - 18 January 2020

Reef 3D & VR workshop

Past event

11 - 18 January 2020

The Reef Challenge

Past event

16 January 2020

Mark Makers - walking tour

Past event

12 - 16 January 2020

The Living Reef

Past event

11 - 18 January 2020

Physics Observatory

Past event

11 - 18 January 2020

Retro Arcade

Past event

11 - 18 January 2020

Robotics in the real world

Past holiday program

28 September 2020 - 2 October 2020

A selection of 2019 events

FIRST® LEGO® League 2019

FIRST® LEGO® League 2019

FIRST® LEGO® League is an international robotics program that challenges groups of students (9 – 16 years old) to think like scientists and engineers. Groups of up to 10 students have three months – from August to November – to build and program a robot, and develop scientific and engineering solutions, based on an annual theme and connected to a real-world challenge. The CITY SHAPER season challenge, focusing on solutions for a stronger, more sustainable future.

WHEN: 16 November 2019

Robot factory at The Cube

Robotronica

Robotronica, QUT's all-day, all-ages robotics and technology festival, returns to Gardens Point 18 August 2019!

Revealing the latest advancements and innovations in the fields of robotics and interactive design, Robotronica will be abuzz with demonstrations, games and discussions that will inform, inspire and amaze you.

When: 18 August 2019

robot and plant

QUT Winter Holiday Program

The QUT Winter Holiday Program invites curious minds to explore everything from robotics, to future cities, and bionic arms!  This all-ages program offers hands-on workshops that will inspire the next generation of STEM thinkers.

Activities included: Pop-up robotics display, Robotics and coding workshop, Future Cities workshop, Driving into the future: LEGO robotics, Code a Solar System, Green Energy: Big Data, Understanding Space-time and relativity, Mechatronics: Bionic Arms

WHEN: 6 – 12 July, 2019

The Living Reef: Digital designer workshop

In this hands-on workshop you will step through the process designers use to create digital experiences. Discover what makes good or bad design, and use the process of 'design thinking' to rapidly generate ideas.

The workshop is facilitated by technology and education start-up BOP Industries in collaboration with The Cube.

Using a real design challenge, students will design a digital activity that could be included in The Cube's new Living Reef project. BOP Industries, QUT staff, and ambassadors will provide feedback on design ideas.

No design or digital technology experience is required.

DATE: 25 May, 2019

QUT Summer Holiday Program

On your mark, get set, go! Put yourself in the driver's seat this January for QUT's Summer Holiday Program.

Test drive The Cube's new wind and water simulations and explore a range of hands-on activities including Drone coding workshops, a Sphero aqua challenge and Augmented reality drawing. While you are on campus, drop-in to QUT Art Museum to make your own shadow puppets with Artist in residence, Kyoko Imazu.

WHEN: 9 – 18 January 2019

two girls interacting with the cube screens

Family Fun Day

Join us on Saturday 12 January for a supercharged day of family fun! For one day only we will present a range of extra events including eSports sessions, virtual reality games, film your own hologram, Snow Slingers VR, Get behind the wheel and live performances by Street Science.

Activities from the QUT Summer Holiday Program will also run throughout the day including Sphero aqua challenge, Drone coding workshops and Augmented reality drawing.

WHEN: 12 January 2019

A selection of 2018 events

First Lego League 2018

FIRST® LEGO® League 2018

FIRST® LEGO® League is an international robotics program that challenges groups of students (9 – 16 years old) to think like scientists and engineers. Groups of up to 10 students have three months to build and program a robot, and develop scientific and engineering solutions, based on an annual theme and connected to a real-world challenge.

WHEN: November 2018

View of William Robinson's Tallabanna with cloud front 1998, oil on linen, QUT Art Collection, Gift of the artist under the Cultural Gifts Program, 2005.

QUT Winter Holiday Program

This Winter school holidays, The Cube hosts an exciting line-up of art and science family fun. Be the first to see The Cube's latest interactive screen project, Nature imagined, based on landscape paintings by renowned Australian artist, William Robinson.

Observe nature up-close and create your own drawing to add to the Scale Free Network's collaborative artwork. Discover fantastic facts about the flora and fauna of South East Queensland and meet a scientist at one of the 'Become a budding geologist' sessions, interact with microscopic images in the Micro Macro art-science activity, participate in an online Scavenger hunt or take a guided tour with artist, Maureen Hansen.

WHEN: 7 –  14 July 2018

Draw it. Code it. | QUT Summer Holiday Program

Visit QUT Gardens Point Precinct this January to enjoy our free arts, craft and robotics activities! The Cube and QUT Art Museum joined together to offer an exciting family holiday program featuring a diverse mix of interactive activities to suit the tech-inclined and those who love to draw, play and create.

At The Cube, kids and families can sharpen their tech skills, tinker with learning tools at the drop-in maker space, discover robot and recycling facts with a roving treasure hunt, and learn the basics of robotics at The Cube's latest interactive project Code-A-Bot.

At QUT Art Museum, children can draw a self-portrait, become a character in our dress-up zone or create, perform and play with their own shadow puppets! Be inspired by the exhibition Portray and Play featuring portraits from major Dutch photographers Hendrik Kerstens and Erwin Olaf, and works from the QUT Art Collection.

WHEN: 6 – 14 January, 2018

Family Fun Day 2018

Family Fun Day 2018

Join us for an extra dose of fun at the official opening of Draw It. Code It. | QUT Summer Holiday Program. For one day only enjoy a range of special events including workshops and guest speaker interviews with the talented TV host, Lee Constable, Tank Commander VR and Shadow Puppet workshops.

Activities from the Draw It. Code It. | QUT Summer Holiday Program also ran throughout the day including Design a bot, Sphero obstacle course, Code Coach and a hands-on Maker Space.

WHEN: 6 January, 2018

A selection of 2017 events

FIRST® LEGO® League 2017

FIRST® LEGO® League 2017

FIRST® LEGO® League is an international robotics program that challenges groups of students (9 – 16 years old) to think like scientists and engineers. Groups of up to 10 students have 3 months to build and program a robot, and develop scientific and engineering solutions, based on an annual theme and connected to a real-world challenge. This year's theme is HYDRO DYNAMICS℠ Global Challenge. Drink in the 2017/2018 HYDRO DYNAMICS℠ season and learn all about water – how we find, transport, use, or dispose of it. On your mark, get set, flow!

WHEN: 18 November 2017

boeing in space

Experience the Future with Boeing at QUT

Explore the future of space travel with former NASA astronaut and Director of Crew and Missions Systems at Boeing, Christopher Ferguson.

WHEN: 27 September 2017

Robotronica 2017

Robotronica 2017

Robotronica will return to QUT's Gardens Point Precinct this year to reveal the most up to date advancements and innovations in the fields of robotics and interactive design.

This all-day, all-ages free event will have QUT abuzz with demonstrations, workshops, games and discussions that will inform, inspire and amaze you.

WHEN: 20 August 2017

QUT TECH SHOWCASE

QUT Tech Showcase

An exclusive program for secondary school students to celebrate National Science Week. Speakers include Dr. Sarah Jane Pell (artist-astronaut), Dr. Chris Lehnert (QUT), Jon Carroll (Director of Prototypes, Sphero), and Pepper, the first humanoid robot capable of recognising and adapting its behaviour to human emotions!

After the presentations, students can tinker and engage at QUT's Tech Showcase featuring NAO robots, littleBits, and MaKey MaKey, as well as SPRK+ with Sphero’s Director of Prototypes!

This event is in association with Robotronica.

WHEN: 18 August 2017

Roll Out The Spheros!

Roll Out The Spheros!

In this dynamic workshop, participants were introduced to the basics of robotics using the technology behind the much beloved BB-8 robot: the Sphero SPRK+.

Designed to inspire curiosity, creativity, and invention through connected play and coding, SPRK+ is far more than just a robot. Powered by the Lightning Lab app, you can easily learn programming, complete hands-on activities, and foster a passion for robotics all through play.

WHEN: 27-29 June 2017

Street Science – A QUT exclusive!

Street Science – A QUT exclusive!

These Easter holidays Street Science bring their famous high energy and explosive demonstrations to QUT's Gardens Theatre in a breathtaking exploration of all things science. Science Steve and his incredible team of scientists will bring science to life investigating chemistry experiments such as with flame tests, combustions and fireballs, through to dry ice clouds, and liquid nitrogen demonstrations that'll have you on the edge of your seat!

Street Science – A QUT Exclusive! featured a Q&A session after the performance, with science giveaways and the opportunity to meet Steve and his team.

WHEN: 12 April 2017

CRITICAL CONNECTIONS logo

Critical Connections: Art, Design & STEM

Led by a cross-disciplinary group of national and international speakers, Critical Connections invites discussion on the motivations, challenges and opportunities for inter- and trans-disciplinary practices across Art, Design, and STEM, through four overarching themes: Research, Learning & Teaching, Ethics, and Cultural Engagement.

Presented by The Cube, QUT Creative Industries Faculty, the Australian Research Centre in Additive Biomanufacturing, the Centre for Regenerative Medicine at the Institute for Health and Biomedical Innovation, in association with the UTAS Creative Exchange Institute.

WHEN: 25 March 2017

Tagbots

Tagbots

Want to create your own robotic art? Join this fun, fast paced and hands-on workshop to learn how to code a LEGO NXT robot to draw your own tag!

Presented by The Cube as part of the Brisbane Street Art Festival.

WHEN: 18 February 2017

Physics Observatory Summer Holiday Program

Explore everyday physics in unexpected ways these school holidays!

To coincide with the launch of the Physics Observatory, The Cube will present a free, hands-on school holiday program for kids and families to explore, experiment and engage with physics. From ball runs to paper planes and treasure hunts, there's something for everyone these school holidays! Activities listed in program details below.

WHEN: 6 – 15 January, 2017

Physics Fun Day

Physics Fun Day

Geek out with an extra dose of physics fun at the official opening of Physics Observatory Summer Holiday Program. For one day only we'll be presenting a range of Physics-inspired workshops including Hula Hooping by Vulcana Women's Circus, live science shows by Queensland's own Street Science, your chance to play a 3D flight simulator game and Physics 101 workshops. Times and booking requirements vary, please see program details below. Activities from Physics Observatory Holiday Program will also run throughout the day.

WHEN: 7 January, 2017