Marvelous Machines & Mechanisms

Solid introduction into the world of engineering, hardware & robotics

  • For ages 7-10, 11-14
  • 16h Course (Weekly Class or Holiday Camp)
  • 1:6 Instructor:Student Ratio
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For Ages 7-10, 11-14

Join straws to create 3D shapes, structures like bridges and towers. Learn the engineering concepts that makes a bridge structurally stable and how everyday mechanisms work. Then combine it with the Quirkbot, a tiny computer to power your mechanisms… AND your robots!


  • Solid Introduction into the world of Engineering, Hardware & Robotics
  • No programming experience required
  • Build and programme your own awesome creations!


All you need to know

This is a Strawbee.


Join colourful reusable straws of varying lengths to learn about engineering and create basic 3D shapes, like a tetrahedron, cube, and more…

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But wait, there’s more! This is a Quirkbot. And we think it’s the… straw that’s gonna get you signing up!


It’s a mini computer that’s small in size but HUGE in versatility! Program in a familiar block programming interface that’s applied to a wholly new context. Combine it with Strawbees to…

Create fantastic lantern light shows…


Connect a servo motor to power complex engineering mechanisms to create your robot.


So don’t keep grasping at… straws. We’ll see you at the intersection of engineering and computer programming that is robotics.

PS: No straws were harmed in the design of this course. All straws are 100% recyclable, reusable and are reused. Strawbees & Quirkbot sold separately.

Oh! The stuff you'll learn

  • Introduction to Strawbees
  • Building in 2D & 3D Shapes
  • Structures & Stability
  • Introduction to Quirkbot: a microcontroller
  • Understanding Inputs & Outputs
  • Mechanical Mechanisms
  • Controlling Servo Motors
  • Sandbox & Free Building

Life skills you'll learn

Creative Confidence
Presentation Skills
Self-Directed Learning


No lectures. No memorisation. No ONE right answer. Like real life, we're all about trying things out yourself, failing, figuring what went wrong & trying again. These are the skills & mindset that will last a lifetime and how we learn in real life. Let's get kids to learn how to learn. Because the kids who learn to learn become curious, inventive, resourceful human beings who solve real world problems to make a meaningful impact.

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The happiest hours of your child's week

"Kaleb finds the class very interesting and engaging. He has written his experience in a little journal at home!"

"Small class size with plenty of opportunity for hands-on activities."

"She enjoyed it so much every day. It’s a good thing that are just a few students in each class."

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Your kid will love it

If your kid doesn't think it's the best thing ever after attending the first 2 days of holiday camps (or first 3 weeks of term classes), and would like to withdraw, we'll issue you a 50% credit note of the amount paid.

If your kid doesn’t think it’s the best thing ever after attending the first 2 days of holiday camps, or first 3 weeks of term classes, we’ll issue you a credit note for 50% of the amount paid.

  • 1:6 Instructor Ratio
  • All equipment & materials provided

Frequently Asked Questions

1. My child is younger than 7, can he join this course?

It is recommended that your child try their hand at one of our courses that is aimed at the 5 to 6 age group.

2. Isn’t it environmentally unfriendly especially with the whole no straws movement?

The No Straws movement is a campaign against single-use straws. Strawbees construction pipes are reusable, 100% recyclable & are a way of repurposing existing materials that would otherwise be thrown away.

3. What’s up with the Straw puns?

Guess you drew the short… straw getting this writer. I promise it’s gonna be the last…

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