Teen Start-Up: Adventures in Placemaking - 13 & 14 January 2020

IMPORTANT: Unfortunately, due to the continuing hazardous smoke conditions in the ACT we have made the decision to cancel our Teen Start-Up School Holiday Program on the 13th and 14th January. This is to ensure the health and wellbeing of our staff and the children in our care. Their safety is our priority.

Adventures in Placemaking

This fascinating immersion in the field of placemaking, invites teens to explore the places they live in and challenges them to come up with ideas to make our communities more liveable and our public spaces more vibrant.
Whether they prefer to design in Minecraft, on paper or by building elaborate models, websites or apps; students will apply their design skills to solve a real-world problem of their choosing.

The Program takes place in the Woden Experiment, the transformed Woden Town Square. This playful space with its sun loungers, table tennis table and children’s nature play areas provide the backdrop for guided walks, expert talks and on-the-ground research. Students will be asked to develop a concept for the Woden Town Centre that solves a problem that they have identified.

At the end of the two days students will present their ideas to members of the community.

Whether your child’s passion is technology or creativity this school holiday program is a wonderful way for them to be curious, use their imagination and think critically about public spaces and their role in placemaking.
The program is delivered by people working in the industry. Students will have the opportunity to meet urban designers, architects, scientists, artists, business people and more; all of whom are keen to share their enthusiasm and knowledge.
The Format:
The program is suitable for students aged 11-14 years (no technology or coding ability is required).



Creating a Healthy Community
How can we make the Town Centre more walkable? How can we encourage active transport?
Guided Neighbourhood site mapping exercise
Making Comfortable Spaces
Speeding, lighting and road crossings – what makes us feel safe?
A Critical Thinking Challenge
Morning Tea Break Morning Tea Break
Sustainable Community
Urban heat islands, green infrastructure, seasonality and public play spaces
Looking at the Science
Making interesting Places
Public art, community events, pop-up shops, patterns of use and opportunities to create new cues and sensory experiences.
A Creative Thinking Challenge
Lunch Break Lunch Break
Equitable Community
How can we consider diverse users?
A Social Challenge
Students present their concepts and designs

Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 January 2020

9:00am to 4:00pm
(Registration from 8:30am, and supervision provided until 4:30pm)

The Woden Experiment
Woden Town Square, Keltie Street, Phillip

$180.00 (+GST) per student for the two-day program
$160.00 (+ GST) per student for 2 or more children
*Sponsored places available  - contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

What to bring?

  • Laptop or tablet for online research and design (CBR Free public WiFi available)
  • Water bottle, lunch and snacks (no nuts!) each day. Alternatively, lunch can be purchased from Westfield Woden food court.
  • Hat and sunscreen for relaxing outside during breaks

To view the terms and conditions, please visit

Spaces are limited so please register as soon as possible.

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