From beginning to winning

Four years ago, on a family holiday to South Australia, Peter and his son stumbled upon a Lego shop and purchased a robot set. After lots of laughs and a few mistakes, the two had successfully built their first Lego robot model.

The opportunity for children to learn through robotics got Peter thinking and a little research led him to FIRST® League (FLL), a global competition in which approximately 300,000 9-15 year olds participate every year.

Together with his local primary school’s P&C, Peter and the team convinced the school that the introduction of an after school Lego Robotics club and the opportunity to participate in FLL would be beneficial to the students.

This led to Peter taking a group of 8-11 year olds to the challenge, successfully achieving the research award and winning the Robot Performance trophy. The school has since participated in another two FLL challenges and continued to be incredibly successful against students much older than them.

Mind Mash is founded on similar principles to FIRST ® Lego League, such as learning through play. Working as a team students produce solutions with a mentor as a guide, not as the sole provider of knowledge.

our Program

School holidays and incursions

Mind Mash has a range of in-school incursions and full day school holiday programs, bringing Lego robotics to children all over the Perth metro area. See our Workshops page for details and booking options.


Peter Blackford – Principal – Poseidon Primary School

I can highly recommend Peter Atkinson to any school or organisation that is interested in establishing a robotics based program. His enthusiasm, energy and passion for Lego Robotics have been the driving forces behind our school’s exceptionally successful Lego Robotics after School Club that has operated at Poseidon Primary for the past three years. Our school teams have competed in the annual Frist Lego League challenge and have achieved outstanding successes each year competing against teams of much older students.

He has a proven ability to motivate and engage students in both the problem solving and coding components involved in the First Lego League challenges. He is a highly engaging, knowledgeable and professional person who is prepared to think outside the box to create programs that meet the needs of students. You will not be disappointed if you select Peter to work with your staff and / or students.

Our Coach

Peter Atkinson

With a BEd in Secondary Education (Computing and Mathematics) and over twenty years in the computer industry, Peter’s background provides the ideal foundation for delivering Mind Mash programs. Peter has an undeniable, palpable passion for leading edge technology. His up to date knowledge of trends and changes in innovation transfers to students, in terms that are relevant to them.

Education and interests aside, Peter gets great joy out of working with teams of children, having coached one of the first all-girls Auskick team and from years of umpiring and assisting his son’s footy team.

Our Legal Stuff

Our Mentor, Peter Atkinson holds a national police clearance and Working with Children check. Mind Mash is fully insured for public liability and professional indemnity.

Peter Atkinson, Mentor

PO Box 3418

Joondalup WA 6017

0417 184 572