Brave Bot Workshops

National Science Week 2021
See the Brave Bot submissions here

Watch the Brave Bot Workshop video

Watch the Brave Bot workshop video

Missed our event on the 21st of August? Well never fear, you can watch it here or on YouTube.

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Cover of the Brave Bot Workshop Handout.

More about the handout

This handy document (PDF 3.5MB) contains links to the videos and many resources mentioned in the workshop.

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Download the Brave Bot Workshop Handout

Free National Science Week workshop

The face-to-face workshops were postponed due to the current health situation in the ACT. 

In this free online workshop, participants learned more about robots, sustainability and the super cute Brave Bots tribe we are growing in Canberra. The workshop was run on 21 August 2021 as part of National Science Week (in Australia).

What’s a Brave Bot?

A small piece of art, made on a bio-plastic tile, with loads of power to spread joy.

What we covered

Featuring Gary Hirsch, the original creator of the BotJoy global art movement, and Claire Harris, science communicator, mum and business owner (the host of the workshop) attendees learned about and discussed:

  • robots – current technology and what might be coming
  • how we can re-think products to make them more sustainable
  • how art links with science
  • social enterprise and global movements
  • how to make a bot (brief demonstration)
  • storytelling and stop motion animation (brief demonstration).

Submit your animation video to win a prize

Submit your bot animation video (or images / story) for a chance to win a prize and be included in a gallery provided to community services. Find all the details about submitting your bot story here.

Need to know

All ages can participate in bot making and STEM learning. This activity suits any age over 2 years old. 

Note that due to the current community lockdown in Canberra the original face-to-face Brave Bot workshops are being postponed but we plan to run in coming weeks at Game Plus Fest, along with lots of other STEM projects, Again, keep an eye out online or on social media for updates.


Gary Hirsch

Artist, Illustrator , Botjoy

Workshop dates

Scan the image or click on this link to visit the workshop listing page to register to attend an upcoming events.

Face-to-face workshops are unfortunately postponed due to the COVID health situation in Canberra. New dates will be confirmed in coming weeks.

Brave Bot workshop at Dickson Library


Gary Hirsch

Gary Hirsch

Gary is a visual artist and the creator of Botjoy, a five-year visual experiment that uses over 60,000 large and small hand-painted robots to explore collaboration, inspiration and how art can help. Gary’s public works can be seen in Boulder, Dallas, Madrid, Melbourne, New Orleans, San Jose and in his hometown of Portland Oregon.

Gary is also the co-founder of On Your Feet, a creative consultancy that uses improv theatre to help organizations such as Nike, Apple, Breville, Uber and others generate new ideas, collaborate, engage audiences and walk their talk… all while having a ridiculously good time.

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Claire Harris

Claire Harris

Claire Harris, owner of Innovate Communicate, is a communication-marketing consultant specialising in science, tech and engineering. She began her career conducting fisheries research in cane drains. Realising she was more interested in what people were going to do with research results than being a researcher she changed career direction. She has led communication, marketing and engagement strategies and day-to-day tactics for a range of clients in government and private enterprise.

Claire is a proud presenter of National Science Week and other community activities. She’s also a social entrepreneur, starting Cowork Coplay to offer coworking and childminding to parents with big dreams and little kids.


This National Science Week project is supported by the Australian Government through the National Science Week ACT Committee.

Thanks to our other partners

Libraries ACT and Game Plus Fest 2021.

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