Tech 'n' Tinker
Trailer

 The Tech ‘n’ Tinker (TNT) Trailer is a mobile classroom that travels to schools, community organizations and public events in the greater Kingston area. Boasting a full range of educational technologies, the TNT trailer provides hands-on experiential learning opportunities that complement the Ontario Kindergarten to Grade 8 curriculum. 

A visit with the TNT Trailer includes two of our program streams, Robotics and Engineering Design, each are outlined below. These programs run simultaneously, meaning that Connections staff can work with two classes or groups at the same time. A typical booking includes 500 minutes (250 minutes in each program stream) of instruction with two qualified teachers. 

Robotics
(School)

Taking place inside the school, our robotics sessions will introduce students to coding and robotics and their role in engineering. Students will gain hands-on experience with age-appropriate robots and apply areas of knowledge and skills from the Ontario math curriculum.

Students will be introduced to the robot, learn its basic features, and then be presented with a challenge. Students will think like engineers to overcome these challenges while using estimation, measurement, directional language, and basic numeration. 

The robots we typically use during our workshops include: LEGO Mindstorm (EV3); Dash; Ozobot; and Bee-Bot. 

If you have further questions regarding these workshops, please reach out to our staff at eng.connections@queensu.ca

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Engineering Design
(Tech 'n' Tinker Trailer)

Taking place inside the Tech ‘n’ Tinker Trailer, our engineering design workshops will introduce students to the Engineering Design Process (Problem, Plan, Build, Test and Fix). Students will be presented with a design challenge that will highlight a theme from one of the engineering disciplines, and develop a product to overcome that challenge.

Students will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on engineering design activities. They will be presented with a problem that needs to be solved and follow the Engineering Design process in order to do so. They will think like engineers while using teamwork, problem-solving and decision-making skills while also applying areas of knowledge and skills from the Ontario science and math curricula.

In our workshops students typically construct a product using basic building materials (cardboard, construction paper, etc.), but also work with technologies like the micro:bit, CoSpaces and Scratch. 

If you have further questions regarding these workshops, please reach out to our staff at eng.connections@queensu.ca 

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PRICING

The booking fees for the Tech 'n' Tinker Trailer have generously been reduced by Actua.
$ 350 PER DAY
  • Tech 'n' Tinker Trailer
  • Robotics Kits
  • 500 Minutes of Instruction
  • Two fully qualified teachers

Frequently asked questions

A Connections staff member will reach out to confirm your booking. Once your booking has been confirmed, our staff will send you a catalogue of our available workshops, and a template that should be used to build the schedule for our visit.

Building the schedule is completely up to you as a school. Connections will visit for an entire school day and provide up to 250 minutes of instruction in both of our programs (250 minutes of instruction in the Tech ‘n’ Tinker Trailer, and 250 minutes of instruction with our robotics kits in the school). 

Our sessions are typically broken down into two 100-minute sessions and one 50-minute session. The 50-minute session should be schedule at the end of the day so that our staff can ensure that they have ample time to leave school property before dismissal. 

We ask that schedules are built so that there is at least a 10 minute break between sessions to allow our staff to complete any necessary takedown/set up. 

An example schedule can be found below: 

Time
Tech ‘n’ Tinker Trailer
Robotics Workshops
9:10-10:50amMorse Code with micro:bit– grade 7/8 classIntro to Dash – grade 4 class
11:20am-1:00pmCoding Canadarm 2 with Scratch – Grade 6 classInto to Dash – grade 3 class
1:55-2:45pmVideo Game controllers with MakeyMakey – grade 5 classIntro to Ozobot – grade 2 class

You can expect to receive an electronic invoice from the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science after our workshops are completed. The invoice can be paid by cheque or credit card. 

Yes! The Tech ‘n’ Tinker Trailer is heated, and can be booked during the Winter months. However, Connections staff reserve the right to cancel or alter bookings due to unsafe or inclement weather.

All bookings scheduled on snow days will be cancelled and rescheduled at the earliest availability.  

 

In most cases, the Tech ‘n’ Tinker Trailer is parked on school property when we visit. We ask that school staff assign a parking spot that can accommodate the 27′ Trailer before we arrive. 

Connections will provide all necessary materials and technology. You do not need to have anything prepared unless otherwise specified.

If you have any further questions regarding the Queen’s Summer Engineering Academy, please do not hesitate to Contact Us

Connections' Response to COVID-19 - Queen’s Summer Camps Cancelled

Given the current public health environment and challenges presented by physical distancing, Queen’s has made the difficult decision to cancel all in-person youth camps normally delivered throughout the summer. As a result, Connections Engineering Outreach is unable to facilitate our on-campus programs this summer. We understand that this news comes at a difficult time, but the health and safety of campers and camp staff is the university’s top priority. Although we are disappointed that we are not able to run our on-campus programs, our goal is to provide safe, engaging, and enriching virtual content throughout the summer. We ask for your patience as we continue to work out the details of these programs. For those who have already registered and paid for one of our summer programs, a full refund will follow within the next two weeks. We will also send a confirmation email once the refund has been processed. If you have any concerns or questions regarding the refund process, please contact desuree.degagne@queensu.ca The university knows that the camp experience is an important one for children and counsellors. Queen’s camps have been a popular tradition in Kingston for years, and the university looks forward to maintaining that tradition once it is safe to do so.